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Dennis Winston
Dennis Winston

Dennis Winston

2017 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Inductee

Football

Dennis Winston lettered from 1973-76 and was selected to the University of Arkansas All-Century Team in 1994. He led the Razorbacks with 13.0 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries as a senior. Winston recorded more than 200 tackles, including a team-high 97 in 1974, and helped the Razorbacks to the 1975 Cotton Bowl where they defeated Georgia 31-10. He was named national Defensive Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated following his 19-tackle performance in the 22-7 win over No. 5 USC in 1974. Winston was selected in the fifth round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played 11 seasons for the Steelers and New Orleans Saints. He appeared in 143 games and helped the Steelers to consecutive championships by winning Super Bowls XIII and XIV. He is one of six former Razorbacks to play in multiple Super Bowls. Winston transitioned into coaching by leading Grambling State (1992) and UA-Pine Bluff (2012) to win HBCU Sheridon National Championships. He also coached the linebackers at University of Toledo who won the Motor City Bowl (2001) and was defensive line coach for the Edmonton Eskimos who won the CFL Grey Cup (2005). A member of both the University of Arkansas 1970s All-Decade Team and the All-Century Team, Winston was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2012 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.