TLSN in 2021 starting interviewing Longhorn brand builders whose contributions may have been minimized. Turk McDonald is a great example. A link to Turks interview is at The History of Longhorn Sports Turk is blocking for Peter Gardere TALKING TURKEY Turk McDonald (UT football, 1988-1992) by Larry Carlson Look up "center" in your dictionary, and you find something like "around which anything relates to or revolves." But the center position in football is seldom the center of attention. That other guy who also touches the ball on every play gets oversized expectations, too much credit and too much blame. But that dude around which everything revolves is mighty important on every snap and his position is arguably the most demanding one -- along with that of the glamor boy quarterbacks. This writer has long held that offensive linemen are the most cerebral and often most witty, wise-cracking and wonderful-to-interview types on a football squad. And it figures that these centerpiece specimens of brains and brawn who man the middle are especially intriguing cats. The University of Texas, in the three decades of Darrell Royal/Fred Akers football, cranked out the primo pivot-men on an assembly line. Olen Underwood, Jack Howe, Forrest Wiegand, the peerless Bill Wyman, Wes Hubert, Mike Baab, Mike Ruether, Gene Chilton and Alan Champagne all rolled through. But now, only three Longhorn centers -- Turk McDonald, Lyle Sendlein and Zach Shackleford -- have earned first team All-Conference accolades in the last three decades. TLSN recently sought out McDonald for a question and answer session. The guy who blocked belligerently as a member of the 1992 All Southwest Conference team blocked no questions, gleefully and glibly responding to them all. Turk is the quintessential UT center, straight from central casting. Born to be a Horn, big and bad on the baseball diamond and then even better on the gridiron, the long-time West Texas oil & gas landman savors family, football, bagging mule deer and teeing it up with golf buddies. In the lively interview below, number 55 looks back on Texas teammates, hamburger hangouts and sudsy sleep-aids, and looks ahead to the possibilities and liabilities as Longhorn football ushers in the era of pre-paying for pancakes.