Akins joins son, Marty Akins, to complete the first father-son combination in the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Marty, a 1987 inductee, was one of 38 all-state picks to play for Akins in a coaching career that spanned parts of four decades at Lometa, Goldthwaite, Tomball, Tidehaven, Freer and Gregory-Portland. His career mark of 293-102-15, which included a 208-51-7 record in 23 years at Gregory-Portland, is among the best in Texas high school football history. At Gregory-Portland, Akins led the Wildcats to a state-record 12 consecutive district titles and a trip to the state finals in 1971. Akins downplayed his record, saying, "A measure of man is how others respect him,” and he was respected by generations of players.