Paul Petty was a member of the 1946 H.S.U. undefeated, untied football team. He played in five bowl games during his four years on the Cowboys football team. In both the Shrine Bowl and the Camellia Bowl he never missed a play. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1950, he taught part-time in the HSU Sociology Department while completing his Master of Arts degree. During that time, he assisted in coaching the freshman football team. After leaving Hardin-Simmons he embarked on a coaching career that spanned four decades in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Some of his players later became All-Pros in the National Football League, Canadian Football League, and the World Football League. He has coached an Arizona All-Star team more than once in the last 50 years. In 1984, Petty was an original inductee into the Arizona High School Coaches Hall of Fame.