became a captain for the Lions.
“I always remember how just one sentence
can change someone’s life,” Allison said.
Allison grew up with his mother who worked
for 32 years at Bill’s Drive-In in Brownwood. His
given name is Miles Jay Allison because his
mother said she walked miles walking back-and-forth from cars to the kitchen at Bill’s.
The way Allison blossomed from a small-town
West Texas kid into a successful businessman
also serves as one of Teaff’s top examples of
the value of football scholarships and how the
opportunity provides students with a chance
to create life-changing experiences that might
otherwise be available to them.
As the executive director of the American
Football Coaches Association, Teaff weaves
through contemporary issues of college athletics reviewing the benefits of college sports,
issues from team prayers to the pros and cons
of player unions, however it is stories such as
Allison’s that can be spotlighted as the end
result of a decades-long system of creating productive graduates which wouldn’t be possible
without the aid of athletic scholarships.
Teaff also says Allison’s extraordinary faith
has been an integral part of his impact. In addition to his funding multiple programs at Baylor,
Allison is a leading benefactor to Legacy Christian School in Frisco.
“Our team motto at Baylor was ‘I believe’,”
Teaff said. “And Jay was a big part of that with
his faith. He believed in God. He believed in
himself. He believed in other people. That belief
made a huge difference for what we were trying
to do at Baylor.”
Allison, a three-year letter-
man at Baylor, wasn’t a star
on the Bears’ 1974 Southwest
Conference champion, but he
has readily acknowledged the
important lessons he learned
under Wood at Brownwood and
under Teaff in college.
While playing at Brownwood,
Allison was part of a program
which won seven state titles
under Wood. None of Allison’s
teams were state champs, but
were always competing for one
with teammates such as Sam
Allison is in the Brownwood Hall of Fame and
is part of a generation of players who have used
Wood’s model of hard work, unity and perseverance as guideposts for life.
Like many who have translated the lessons
of football into off-field success, it was not
Allison’s athleticism which led to the remembrances of his playing days.
“We had to build with chemistry, build team
unity and have players who did the very best
they could in their roles,” Teaff said. “That is
why Jay was a leader for the whole team. He
strived to be the best in whatever role he had.
He has been a leader from the time I first met
him. It’s not surprising to see what he has done
in his life.”
Jay Allison a
only one reason:
“HE SAID HE HAD A YOUNG MAN WHO WANT-
ed, needed and deserved an education and
would be an important part of our team,” Teaff
said. “And that was good enough me.”
That was 40 years ago when Teaff offered an
undersized, hard-working Allison a full scholar-
ship to Baylor after Allison had been an integral
part of the Wood dynasty at Brownwood during
the 1970s. As a 230-pound defensive tackle,
Allison helped Baylor transform its program with
the “Miracle on the Brazos” season in 1974.
“Playing football under Coach Grant Teaff
taught me to continue to give my best – no
matter what,” he said. “I remember my freshman year at Baylor, we were behind at halftime
against the University of Texas and overcame
a 24-point deficit to beat them.
We went on to play in the Cotton
Bowl in 1975.”
Backed by his belief of giving
his best effort, Allison went on to
earn not one, but three degrees
from Baylor. He earned a BBA
in Accounting in 1978, an MS in
1980 and a JD in 1981.
Using his law degree, Allison
gained exposure to the industry
as a practicing oil and gas attorney for the firm of Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in Midland, Texas.
In 1983, Allison co-founded a
private independent oil and gas
company which acquired Comstock Resources
in 1987 which is based in Frisco, Texas. Comstock started out over 20 years ago with virtually
no assets and no financial backing, and today
has $2.4 billion in assets.
Allison and his wife Jenny recently made the
lead donation to Baylor’s Indoor Practice Facility which helped establish Baylor as one of the
nation’s key players in shaping the future of
Now a distance runner who has participated
in 100-mile trail runs as a 209-pounder, Allison’s football career might have ended before
it began: Allison didn’t plan to play football as
a Brownwood freshman. However, when Wood
“put his giant hand on my shoulder, and said, ‘I
think you would be making a mistake, son,’” Allison reconsidered his stance. Allison eventually
BY DAVID MCNABB
Senior Writer, theoldcoach.com
Jay Allison parlayed his
college education into a
successful business career.