Former Texas legend Terry Tausch passes away

Donnavan Smoot

Texas football legend Terry Tausch passed away Wednesday night at the age of 61, according to a statement from Texas Athletics.

During his time at Texas, Tausch was a four-year letterman (1978-81) at offensive tackle, with his final two years earning him All-American honors. The Longhorns went 35–12–1 in those four years, including a final ranking of No. 2 during his final season in 1981. Twenty years later, Tausch was inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor.

In 1982, Tausch was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played seven seasons of his eight-season career for the Vikings, starting in 68 games. His final season was with the San Francisco 49ers during its 1989 Super Bowl-winning season.

“He would never get on Terry. He got on everyone else but Terry Tausch, and that’s just the kind of respect a lot of people had for Terry,” former teammate Lawrence Sampleton said of former offensive coordinator Leon Manley in a press release. “He was an amazing player, and he played in the NFL and was an All-American at Texas, but I think the thing I remember most about Terry is his work ethic, how he treated everyone around him and his ability to gain the respect of coaches, teammates and fans alike.”

Tausch is survived by his wife, Ela, and his two sons, Nicholas and Eric.