Dubbed by Coach Woodson as "The toughest little man he ever coached," Higgins was a four year letterman at guard and linebacker. As a starter, he played 60 minutes of every game for three years. He was also on the boxing team. He played football in the Navy while in flight training during the Korean War. After coaching in Dallas, Waco and Cleburne, he earned a Master's degree and a law degree. He served as Johnson County Attorney for 7 years before retuning to private practice.