Chester Lyssy began his athletic career at HSU in 1950 as a multi-talented athlete from San Antonio. Noted more for his accomplishments in football, his athleticism also included basketball and track. In football, Lyssy was named second team All-Border Conference three years in a row as an offensive end. His talent also served him well on defense and special teams as well. As a safety, he earned second team All-Border Conference honors and returned kicks for the Cowboys. As a receiver, Chester had 98 catches for 1,208 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had a then school record of 17 interceptions in just three years of varsity play. Chester signed an agreement to play for the Cleveland Browns, where he played offensive end and defensive back.