In his playing days, Tony Casillas played on some of the most dynamic and polarizing football teams of our time.

In college, he played at Oklahoma under coach Barry Switzer and along side controversial linebacker Brian Bosworth and Alice’s own Sonny Brown.

He ended up with the Dallas Cowboys and on the team’s back-to-back Super Bowl winning campaigns in 1993 and 1994.

Now retired, Casillas will share his experiences and speak at this year’s Boys & Girls Club of Alice Steak and Burger Dinner Fundraiser.

This year’s Steak & Burger Dinner is Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Event Center (formerly the K.C. Hall in Alice).

The event, the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, is in its 24th year. It’s highlighted every year by a guest speaker, traditionally a Dallas Cowboy or a San Antonio Spur.

For sponsorship information or for tickets, call the Boys & Girls Club of Alice at (361) 664-2282.

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Casillas went to the University of Oklahoma as a defensive linemen. When he moved to nose guard, Casillas won all-conference and All-American honors.

In 1985, he became only the second Sooner ever to win the Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation’s top lineman. He was named the UPI Lineman of the Year, the Big Eight Conference defensive player of the year, a consensus first team All-American and first team All-Conference. He ended his college career with 18 sacks and 213 career tackles in addition to graduating with Academic All-American honors in 1985, and a degree in public relations.

Casillas later became only the second Hispanic inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

After college, Casillas was selected in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. After a tumultuous run with the Falcons, Casillas was picked up by the Cowboys before the 1992 season.

Casillas went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets before rejoining the Cowboys  and retiring in 1998