Randall Sorrels

Randall Sorrels (pictured) now patrols the Harris County Courthouse as a plaintiff's attorney. But 25 years ago, he was patrolling the back field for the Houston Baptist University Huskies soccer team as a stopper. Sorrels was the captain of that team and a NCAA Academic All-American before he graduated from HBU in 1984. On Nov. 6, HBU named Sorrels, now a partner in Houston's Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, as their Distinguished Alumnus for 2009. But a month earlier, on Oct. 17, HBU also honored Sorrels by naming the school's soccer field "Sorrels Field." Sorrels says he's proud of both honors. His name is now affixed to a field used by one of the rare Texas NCAA Division I soccer teams - the only other such team in the state is at Southern Methodist University. "The reality is I gave them some money," says Sorrels, who gave HBU an undisclosed donation to the school to provide lights and new stands for the soccer field. "And we've played two games under the lights, and the stands were full," says Sorrels, who once served as an assistant soccer coach for the school after graduation. He also met his future law partner, Benny Agosto Jr., on the HBU soccer team. "It's a great spirit for the school," Sorrels says of the soccer games.

-- John Council