A native of Sweetwater, Texas, Blackjack Mulligan was a football star at Texas Western University who played professional football briefly for the New York Jets. Mulligan began wrestling as a heel with the American Wrestling Association and in the 1970s he enjoyed success as one half of The Blackjacks, a tag team that included Blackjack Lanza. The Blackjacks captured several tag team championships, including the WWWF World Tag Team Championship in 1975. The Blackjacks were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. Two of Mulligan's sons, Kendall and Barry Windham, followed in their father's footsteps as professional wrestlers. In addition, professional wrestler Mike Rotunda is Mulligan's son-in-law. In 2008, Mulligan published his autobiography, True Lies and Alibis: The Blackjack Mulligan Story.