Cotton Klaus to be honored
The Gobbler Booster Club is proud to honor Dalton “Cotton” Klaus as the newest member of their sports Hall of Fame. Klaus was a member of the Cuero High School graduating class of 1947. He earned 2nd-team all-district honors playing football for the Gobblers his junior year. He also earned all-district and was honored as one of the “Eleven Ironmen” in the area after his senior season.
Klaus was offered a scholarship to play college football at Texas A&I University. After playing one year in Kingsville, he transferred to Brownsville Jr. College to play football and run track. At his Brownsville graduation, he received the “Bob Curry Excellency Memorial Award” from the local Kiwanis Club. Klaus continued his football career at Trinity University, where he was a running back, passer, punter, and kicker.
After a red-shirt season, he was drafted, not by the NFL, but the the United States Army. While serving at Fort Ord, he was asked to play on a military organized football team, which came to be known as the best military team in the nation. After spending time in Korea, Klaus was discharged in September of 1953 and returned to Trinity University, but due to his late arrival missed the 1953 season.
His most memorable season was his final year at Trinity. Upon completion of that season, he was named to the Dallas Morning News 1954 All-Texas College Football Squad. He also received offers to play professional football from the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears. After graduating, Klaus married Dottie, one of the Trinity cheerleaders. He began his coaching career at Edison Jr. High in San Antonio and then moved to Edison High School for nine years.
He continued coaching at the newly formed Cole High School at Fort Sam Houston for eight years while obtaining his Master’s Degree. He left coaching to become a vice principal at Converse Judson High School, where he retired from education in 1988. Klaus and his wife, Dottie, committed a large portion of their adult life to the Community of Christ Church and were honored for a lifetime of service to Camp Sionita, a youth camp near Bandera.
Although Klaus passed away from this world a few years ago, the booster club are pleased to honor his legacy by induction into the Gobbler Hall of Fame. Accepting the award at his induction reception this Friday night at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria on his behalf will be his children, David, Trudy, and Kimberley, his grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, along with one of the first students he coached at Edison.