Littlefield left a lasting impression on The University of Texas not only through his years of developing athletes but also through the “Clyde Littlefield Fellowship Award,” which is available for any University of Texas student who has participated in at least one intercollegiate sport and plans to pursue graduate work. Littlefield also pioneered the five-man line as a standard defense in football. During his time at UT as an athlete, he employed the forward pass and was one of the first great passers in UT football history. He also was the first to use burnt orange as the official color of UT in an attempt to get rid of their distasteful nickname, “the yellow-bellies,” which arose because standard cotton orange uniforms would fade into yellow after repeated washings. another innovation that Littlefield made involved the actions of the teams during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “The Eyes of Texas.” Prior to Littlefield coaching, there was no observance during these songs. He found it objectionable and had his teams stand at attention on the sideline in observance of the anthems. This is a tradition that has been upheld ever since. Lastly, in 2001, the street running along the north side of Mike A. Myers Stadium was named after Clyde Littlefield to honor his legacy. To this day, The University of Texas reveres and celebrates this man who represented UT so well.
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