Longview football team honored at State Capitol; Matthew McConaughey pays a visit


The coronation continues for the Longview Lobos.

Wednesday morning Rep. Jay Dean passed House Resolution 357 in honor of the 6A Division 2 State
Championship-winning Longview Lobos.

The day began with private visits with with Governor Abbott–who grew up in Longview–and Longview High Alumnus Matthew McConaughey, Class of 1988. The team then moved to the House of Representatives where Rep. Dean recognized the team and passed House Resolution 357.

Upon the team’s departure, Dean stated: “What a day! So proud of these kids. They did a great job representing our community and left a real impression on our Capitol this morning. This event was all about the players and coaches, but I want to thank the Governor and Mr. McConaughey for accepting my invitation to join us in recognition of our city. Go Lobos!”

The football team left Longview high school at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday and pulled up to the capitol steps at approximately 8:45 a.m.

They were met by state representative Jay Dean.  Then in a surprise appearance, actor and Longview graduate Matthew McConaughey, joined the team in their celebration.

Later they met Governor Greg Abbott on the steps of the capiton before moving inside to be recognized on the house floor in front of the state legislature.

In February, representative Dean filed a resolution, congratulating the Longview Lobos on their undefeated state championship season, which marked the first title for the school in 81 years.

He called the team, “a source of great pride to their school and community.”

This is an amazing opportunity for these student-athletes, many of which have never been able to visit Austin, let alone the state house.

Representive Dean served as the mayor of Longview from 2005-2015, and has looks forward to a special moment for him, and East Texas.

The team will also got a chance to tour the capitol building with the trip wrapping up around 1:00 p.m.

KETK Sports reporter Garrett Sanders was the only East Texas television reporter that made the trip to Austin.

Watch the video to see his story with reaction from the Lobos and representative Dean.

Representative Jay Dean, House District 7 (HD 7) is a conservative member of the Texas House of Representatives serving his second term. HD 7 is comprised of Gregg Co. and Upshur Co.

Rep. Dean, along with his wife Pokie, resides in Longview,TX, where they raised their three daughters and helped found their church, St. Matthews.

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