April 2, 2009
Before his career as a teacher, businessman, and philanthropist, Jay Lawhon was a heralded football player. Nicknamed “Mule,” he received a scholarship to the University of Arkansas (UA) in Fayetteville (Washington County) after graduating from Catholic High School in Little Rock (Pulaski County). As a Razorback, he was named Honorable Mention All-American. Though drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, he suffered a knee injury that ended his football career.