Retiring AD Broyles recognized in U.S. House of Representatives

Updated: December 19, 2007, 5:41 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Retiring Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles was recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives by his state's delegation Wednesday.

Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark., spoke briefly in Washington about Broyles, whose retirement becomes official at the end of the year after 50 years with the Razorbacks. Boozman played football at Arkansas during the early 1970s, when Broyles was the Razorbacks' coach.

"I will be forever proud to be a Razorback, and to have had the opportunity to be one under coach Broyles," Boozman said. "I congratulate him on his career, and sincerely thank him for his service to the great state of Arkansas. And, as we say in Arkansas: Wooo, Pig, Sooie!"

Arkansas' other three Representatives -- Vic Snyder, Mike Ross and Marion Berry -- also gave short speeches. Ross praised Broyles for his work to help Alzheimer's research. In 2004, Broyles' wife of 59 years died from complications from the disease.

"His accomplishments in college football will never be forgotten, but the hope and faith he has given to families across this country coping with Alzheimer's will leave a lasting impact on our society for generations to come," Ross said.

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