Famous People from Midland County Texas
James Zachery was born August 27, 1958 in
Midland Texas. He was raised in Midland and played football
for Midland High School. He was a linebacker for Texas A&M. Zachery
gained fame professionally in the Canadian Football League. He
was an 11th round draft pick of the New York Jets in 1980. After his
release by New York, he signed as a free agent defensive lineman
with Montreal in the CFL in September of 1980. His best season in
Montreal was in 1984 when he recorded 9.5 sacks in 16 games. After
being released from Montreal in 1984 he joined the Edmonton Eskimos
a year later. Zachery finished with a career total of 37 sacks and
his career total of 7 blocked kicks is tied for fourth place on the
CFL all-time list.
In addition to an impressive career in football, Zachary was also a
talented actor, musician and songwriter. You can hear an example of
his song Woman as performed by his family and friends in the
band Z4U here.
James Zachery was murdered by a criminal gang in Midland, Texas on
January 25, 1994.
the fighter, Zachery fought multiple gang members until he was
felled by a stab wound and blow from a tire iron.
Samuel Zachery wrote in
A Tribute to James Zachery, "he was whipping all of those
cowards until Mable stabbed him in the eye with with nail file and
the old man hit him with the tire tool. She kept approaching him but
he knew not to hit her." All of our lives we were taught not
to strike a girl ."
Tribute to James Zachery
James Zachery on CFLpedia