By BRODY FELDMANN
For the second time, Toby Daugherty is going into a hall of fame.
“It’s great. I thought about it for a while, and you know — here is the thing. There are a lot of those kind of deals out there, but I’ll tell you what. These are special because these are people that have known me for my entire life, and if they think I’m OK, then maybe I am OK,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty was part of the 1982 national champion football team at University of Central Oklahoma. That team is part of the UCO Hall of Fame.
“The one at UCO was special. Those are guys that I played with, got to know and been able to stay in touch with a lot of them after we graduated, and that was special. But this one there at Mustang is special because these are people that have known me my entire life,” Daugherty said.
While at Mustang High School, Daugherty stood out as a multi-sport athlete in football, wrestling and track.
“Kids should do what kids want to do and go be kids. And if you can compete, be competitive, help your school and help your team, then go and do it. If you are a kind of kid that doesn’t have a talent in another area and it’s between getting in our offseason program and sitting at home playing videogames then specialize,” Daugherty said about athletes specializing in one sport at the high school level.
The 1981 graduate was an All-State football player, state champion wrestler, high school All-American, AAU Junior Olympic Freestyle and Greco Roman national champion and a fourth-place finisher in shot put at the state meet.
Daugherty is married. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Emily and Kate.
The Mustang Public Schools Athletic Department announced the 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame with four individuals and one team being chosen in the class.
The Mustang News will elaborate on each nomination leading up to the Aug. 4 ceremony. Tickets are available for the 6 p.m. event at the Mustang Event Center.