By:  Turner                                            S.R. No. 800
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2                               In Memory
    1-3                                  of
    1-4                          Ceaser O'Neal, Jr.
    1-5        WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins the family
    1-6  and friends, the teammates and coaches, and the many ardent fans
    1-7  of Ceaser O'Neal, Jr., in mourning the loss of this exceptional
    1-8  young athlete-scholar who brought recognition, distinction, and
    1-9  eminence to his school, Huntsville High, and the Hornets football
   1-10  team, to his community, and to his college, the University of Miami;
   1-11  and
   1-12        WHEREAS, Ceaser was noted early on for his potential and
   1-13  proved he could live up to that measure and perform with grace
   1-14  under pressure; working diligently to hone his skills, his was
   1-15  a versatile talent, which earned him stardom when he won the state
   1-16  title in shot-put in 1992, as a senior; and
   1-17        WHEREAS, This superb lineman was also one of the few who
   1-18  ever played on the Hornets varsity for all four high school years,
   1-19  and his talent, along with his teammates, was largely the reason
   1-20  that the Hornets were ranked first nationwide in a USA Today
   1-21  preseason poll in 1991; and
   1-22        WHEREAS, Among his other honors Ceaser won a place in the
   1-23  selection of all-state and all-American football teams; and, he
    2-1  won a full scholarship to the University of Miami, where his coaches
    2-2  and teammates on the Hurricanes looked forward to the contributions
    2-3  of a superior player with the integrity to turn away from false
    2-4  pride, hollow arrogance, and career highs, and whose way was not to
    2-5  embarrass, but to encourage others and their pursuit of excellence;
    2-6  and
    2-7        WHEREAS, Ceaser also had a mission to extend hope and
    2-8  self-respect to young people and often visited elementary schools
    2-9  to talk with the children and help them stay away from drugs; and
   2-10        WHEREAS, Brought up in a loving and guiding family, Ceaser
   2-11  was active in his church and strong in his faith; and
   2-12        WHEREAS, Ceaser received much strength and sustenance from
   2-13  his parents and extended family in his manly struggle with his
   2-14  grave disease, and he will always be cherished for his reverence
   2-15  for life, his ability to express unconditional love, his unswerving
   2-16  integrity, and his gift of sharing life; and
   2-17        WHEREAS, Ceaser has left with all the young men who follow
   2-18  him a valiant legacy; and he has handed on the imperishable torch
   2-19  of excellence which hallows the playing fields of youth and makes
   2-20  bright the halls of academe; now, therefore, be it
   2-21        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
   2-22  74th Legislature, hereby express sincere condolences to his
   2-23  parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ceaser O'Neal, Sr., and to his extended
   2-24  family; and, be it further
   2-25        RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared
    3-1  for his family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the
    3-2  Texas Senate, and that when the Senate adjourns this day, it
    3-3  do so in memory of Ceaser O'Neal, Jr.
    3-4                               ______________________________________
    3-5                                      President of the Senate
    3-6                                    I hereby certify that the above
    3-7                               Resolution was adopted by the Senate
    3-8                               on April 26, 1995, by a rising vote.
    3-9                               ______________________________________
   3-10                                      Secretary of the Senate
   3-11                               ______________________________________
   3-12                                        Member, Texas Senate