Tributes are mounting around youth football coach and former UNT running back Mike Hickmon after he was shot dead while coaching on Saturday.
Lancaster, Texas – Sometimes, running on the football field doesn’t work Always Easy for former University of North Texas fullback Mike Hickman.
His former teammate and quarterback Scott Hall confirmed that to the WFAA on Monday afternoon.
“At the end of the summer, we always had a run test, and if you pass, we don’t have to run over the course of two-days,” Hall said. “Mike was struggling towards the end of it, and I started running backwards to push him to catch, and I failed the run test because of that.”
Hall laughed; This was the only time he failed such a test during his entire collegiate career at UNT. But he didn’t mind because Hikmon was a teammate whom he considered a great friend.
When Hall spoke with the WFAA on Monday, that memory is nothing but bittersweet, noting that Hickmon was shot on Saturday evening while coaching a youth football game in Lancaster.
“To find out that he was killed, someone who was part of your life and part of the team you were on, it’s still shocking and not completely drowned out,” Hall said. .
“It’s just a terrible thing.”
Per Lancaster PD, opposing coaching staff got into a physical altercation during the game, which led to gunfire.
Hickman, 43, was shot and killed.
The lone suspect in connection with the incident, 39-year-old Yakub Talib, was charged with murder.
Talib locked himself in the Dallas County Jail on Monday afternoon.
He is the brother of retired NFL cornerback Aaqib Talib. Both the youths were present in the game at the time of firing.
Hearing this, Hall could not believe it.
When both played, Hickmon was older than him and said he was a leader for young players tackling early roles.
“He was a gentleman and had a lot of great attitude. He was an outstanding leader for so many of us young people on and off the field,” Hall said.
“He always had the right words at the right time to keep everyone the same. He never got too high, and he was never too low when things were going well, or they were going bad. Happened.”
Mean Green’s former voice, George Dunham, told the WFAA that Hickmon had a sunny day in November of 2002.
UNT played New Mexico State for the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
Hickmon played that game at fullback but caught two touchdowns and drove one.
Dunham called the game on the radio, saying that Hickmon was always a standup player and person.
Dunham said, “He was a big part of that day, and I remember being so happy for him, but I also remember how happy his teammates were for him. He really shone on that day.”
“What happened to him was just absurd. When you’re around a football team, those relationships really do last forever. I was on the periphery, but still part of the Mean Green family. I loved his family.” Feels very bad for it and it has been like this for the past few days.
What hurts Hall the most: Hickmon died teaching the sport he loved.
“For his family and kids, it’s such a terrible thing,” Hall said.