Texas A&M Football: Top 50 Players in School History (2023)

Texas A&M Football: Top 50 Players in School History

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    The Texas A&M football team has been playing games since 1894. During that time span the Aggies have amassed 665 wins, which is good enough for 18th best all time.

    The Aggie football program has produced a number of All-Conference, All-American and NFL football players. Heisman, Lombardi and Butkus award winners have spent their careers making plays on Kyle Field.

    These players have thrilled Aggies and college football fans alike with their play on the field.

    Let's take a look at the cream of the crop of the Aggies football players from the last 117 years. These are the top 50 Texas A&M football players of all time.

50. Joe Boyd OT

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    Joe Boyd was a team captain on the 1939 Aggie Football Team. That is the only Aggie team that is recognized as the consensus national champion.

    Boyd was an All American in 1939. He was All-SWC in 1938 and 1939. He was only the second player in A&M history to be named an All-American.

    Boyd helped pave the way for John Kimbrough in the 1940 Sugar Bowl win over Tulane.

    Boyd was a fourth-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL draft.

    He was elected into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1966.

49. Terrence Murphy WR

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    Terrence Murphy is one of the best wide receivers in Texas A&M history.

    When he graduated from A&M in 2005 he owned the career record for most receptions with 172 and most receiving yards with 2,600. Murphy was twice named first team All Big 12.

    A tremendous player on the field, Murphy was a fan favorite because of how polite and generous with his time he was off the field.

    Murphy was a three-time Academic All Conference selection.

    Terrence Murphy was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. A neck injury in his rookie year cut his professional football career short.

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48. Curtis Dickey RB

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    Curtis Dickey was arguably the fastest Aggie ever to step foot on Kyle Field.

    He was a two-sport athlete at A&M excelling both on the gridiron and in track and field.

    Dickey was a three-time national champion in the 60 meter dash.

    In 1978 Dickey had his best year rushing for 1,422 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    For his career 4.029 yards and 32 touchdowns. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry in college.

    Dickey was the fifth overall selection of the 1980 draft by the Baltimore Colts.

    He played for seven years in the NFL with the Colts and Cleveland Browns.

47. George Woodard RB

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    George Woodard was a jumbo running back before anyone knew what a jumbo running back was.

    The 6'0", 280-pound fullback led Emory Bellard's wishbone offense in the late '70s. He was the power contrast to Custis Dickey's lightning speed.

    Woodard won the district title in the 100 yard dash in high school with a time of 9.9. He also won the state title in the shot put with a throw of 62'6." He was a freak athlete.

    Woodard rushed for 3,085 yards and 37 touchdowns for his career.

    The big running back injured his leg in a softball game before his senior year and was never the same player. He had only 18 carries as a senior.

    Woodard was selected in the 11th round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints but he never played a game in the NFL.

46. Kevin Murray QB

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    Kevin Murray was the first great passing quarterback at A&M.

    As a freshman in 1983 he was named the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year.

    In 1985 he set an A&M record when has passed for 2,463 yards. Murray led A&M to their first SWC title in 17 years. In the 1986 Cotton Bowl Murray broke Joe Montana's record with 292 yards passing in a 36-16 win over Auburn.

    When he graduated A&M set the career record for wins by a quarterback with a record of 25-6-1.

    A&M now coaches quarterbacks and was instrumental in helping former Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson.

45. Rodney Thomas RB

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    Rodney Thomas teamed up with Greg Hill and Leeland McElroy to form the best triumvirate of running backs in SWC history.

    Thomas came to A&M after completing one of the greatest season in the history of Texas high school football.

    As a senior at Groveton High, Thomas rushed for 3,701 yards in leading his team to the state championship.

    At A&M Thomas rushed for 3,064 career yards and 41 touchdowns. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry for his career.

    He was a two time All-SWC selection and his 45 total touchdowns tied the career record at A&M at that time.

    Thomas was selected by the Houston Oilers in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft and played in the NFL for seven seasons.

44. Rod Bernstine RB/TE

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    Rod Bernstine was recruited to A&M as a running back but Jackie Sherrill switched him to tight end as a sophomore.

    During his senior season in 1986 Bernstine set the A&M season record in receptions with 69. He had 769 receiving yards and five touchdowns that year.

    Bernstine was a first round pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1987 NFL Draft.

    Bernstine played nine years in the NFL. He played running back and tight end in the NFL.

43. Bucky Richardson QB

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    Bucky Richardson was the quarterback of the Aggies when the perception of the program was changed.

    As a freshman in 1987 he came off the bench and ran for an 82 yard touchdown to defeat a Brett Favre led Southern Mississippi squad.

    Later in the year he came off the bench and scored a touchdown against Texas to help defeat the Longhorns 20-13 and lead the Aggies to the Cotton Bowl. In the 1988 Cotton Bowl, Richardson led the Aggies to a 35-10 victory over Notre Dame and was named MVP.

    In the 1990 Holiday Bowl Richardson passed for 200 yards, rushed for 199 yards and caught a touchdown pass. He was named the Holiday Bowl MVP as the Aggies throttled BYU 65-14.

    He was named All SWC as a senior in 1991. Richardson rushed for 2.095 yards in his career and accounted for 49 total touchdowns.

    Richardson was an 8th round selection by the Houston Oilers in the 1992 NFL Draft. He spent five years in the NFL playing quarterback and fullback.

42. Robert Ferguson WR

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    Robert Ferguson only spent one year in Aggieland before leaving for the NFL, but he left quite an impression.

    Ferguson was one of the most physically gifted athletes to ever play for A&M.

    Ferguson transferred into A&M from Tyler Junior College as a junior. During his junior season he set the A&M record for receiving yards in a season with 885.

    He was largely responsible for changing the perception of A&M from a running offense into a school where wide receivers could thrive.

    Ferguson was first team All-Big 12 his lone season in Aggieland.

    He declared early for the NFL Draft and was a second round selection by the Green Bay Packers.

    Robert Ferguson played for nine years in the NFL.

41. Ja'Mar Toombs RB

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    Ja'Mar Toombs was the true definition of a power back for A&M.

    He had over 100 yards rushing in a 28-21 upset of No.2 Nebraska in 1998.

    Toombs rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the 1999 "Bonfire Game" win over Texas.

    Toombs rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns in his final collegiate game against Mississippi State in the Independence Bowl.

    Toombs left early for the NFL Draft and was not drafted. He still holds a soft place in the hearts of Aggie fans for how hard he played for Texas A&M.

40. Jorvorskie Lane RB

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    Jorvorskie Lane was one of the best power backs ever to wear an Aggie uniform. His struggled with weight kept him from meeting his immense potential but he still was a difference maker for the Aggies.

    Lane holds the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 49.

    He had great hands but was under-utilized by Dennis Franchione and the coaching staff at A&M at the time.

    While Lane will be remembered by some for not meeting his potential, he was still one of the best power backs in the history of the Big 12 and was as good as anyone at getting into the end zone.

    Few players revved up the Kyle Field crowd the way the "Lane Train" did.

39. Ryan Tannehill QB/WR

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    Ryan Tannehill is one of the more gifted athletes to put on the Aggie football uniform.

    Although he is in the middle of his senior season, he has already made his mark on the A&M football program.

    Tannehill holds the school record for the most passing yards in a game with 449 which he racked up in his first career start in a victory over Texas Tech.

    Tannehill also holds the school record for receiving yards in a game with 210 yards against Kansas State as a freshman.

    Tannehill is the only football player in this history of the NCAA to have a 200 yard receiving game and a 400 yard passing game in his career.

    Barring injury, Tannehill should be a high pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

38. Pat Thomas CB

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    Pat Thomas was named All-American in 1974 and 1975.

    He picked off six passes in 1974 and three passes in 1975.He finished his career with 13 interceptions to rank third on the career list at A&M.

    Thomas was drafted in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. Thomas played in two pro bowls and the 1980 Super Bowl.

    Thomas played in the NFL for seven years.

37. Lester Hayes FS

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    Lester Hayes was named All-American in 1976 when he intercepted eight passes.

    The Aggies led the SWC in defense all four years Hayes was at A&M.

    Hayes was a 5th round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 1978 NFL Draft.

    Hayes switched to corner with the Raiders. He helped lead the Raiders to 1980 and 1983 Super Bowl victories.

    He was a five time pro bowler and is considered one of the best lock down corner backs in pro football history.

36. Robert Jackson LB

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    Robert Jackson teams with Garth Ten Apel and Ed Simonini to form one of the best linebacker cores in college history in 1975.

    In 1976 Jackson was named All-American after leading the Aggies with 143 tackles.

    Jackson was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft.

    He played six seasons in the NFL with the Browns and the Atlanta Falcons.

35. Aaron Wallace OLB

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    The Wrecking Crew tradition at A&M was built on attacking the opposing teams quarterback. Aaron Wallace did it better than anyone at A&M.

    Wallace is the career leaders in sacks at A&M with 42. He was a terror off the edge in the Aggies 3-4 defense.He had 10.5 sacks as a senior in 1989.

    Wallace spent eight seasons in the NFL all with the Oakland Raiders after they drafted him in the second round of the 1990 draft.

34. Jacob Green DE

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    Jacob Green was named an All-American in 1978 and 1979.

    Green still holds the A&M single season record for sacks with 20.

    He was a dominating defensive end who a first round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1980 NFL Draft.

    Green spent 13 years in the NFL. He is credited with 116 career sacks.

33. Ray Mickens CB

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    Ray Mickens is small in stature but huge in talent. The 5'8" corner was a star at A&M in the mid 90's.

    He was named an All-American in 1999 when he had four interceptions, three passes broken up and 59 tackles,

    Mickens was an All-SWC player in 1994 and 1995.

    He ranks 4th all time on the passes defended list at A&M.

    Mickens was a 3rd round selection by the New York Jets in the 1996 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for 11 years.

32. Shane Lechler P

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    Some may argue that a punter does not belong on a list of all time great football players but I would argue that they obviously never saw Shane Lechler play.

    He was recruited out of East Bernard High School to come play quarterback for A&M.

    When he arrived on campus his obvious talents at punter were quickly recognized and he was the starting punter as a freshman.

    Lechler was named All-American in 1998 and 1999. He holds the NCAA record for career punting average at 44.7 yards.

    As a senior he averaged 46.5 yards per kick. As a sophomore he set the A&M record with an average of 47.0 yards per punt.

    Threw a touchdown pass against Texas tech as a senior.

    Mack Brown credited Lechler for being the difference in the 1999 "Bonfire Game" victory over Texas because his punts kept pinning Texas deep in their own territory.

    Lechler was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL draft.

    He set a Monday Night Football record with a 77-yard punt against Denver.

    Lechler is an eight-time pro bowler. Holds the NFL record for punting average for a career at 47.3 yards.

    Lechler is the highest paid punter in NFL history.

31. Jason Webster CB

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    Jason Webster was selected as All-Conference and All-American after the 1999 season. He is one of the most underrated defensive players to ever put on an Aggie uniform.

    Webster proved adept at special teams taking his first career punt return to the house against Oklahoma State.

    In '99 Webster had 74 sacks, four interceptions and 10 passes broken up.

    Webster was selected in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for nine years in the NFL with the 49ers, Falcons, Patriots, and Bills.

30. Keith Mitchell OLB

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    Keith Mitchell was a star rushing the passer from his OLB position in 1995 and 1996.

    He was the MVP of the Aggies 1995 Alamo Bowl victory over Michigan.

    Mitchell was named an All-American in 1996 after tallying 14.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Ironically he was not deemed worthy of All-Conference accolades in the Aggies first year in the Big 12 despite leading the conference in sacks.

    He finished his career with 34 sacks.

    Michell was not drafted by the NFL and signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints.

    He started 79 consecutive games for the Saints and made the Pro Bowl in 2000.

29. Antonio (Shorter) Armstrong

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    Antonio Armstrong was another in the line of great linebackers on the Wrecking Crew defense.

    Armstrong was named All-American in 1994 after tallying 62 tackles with 17 tackles for loss.

    Armstrong was selected in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Injuries limited his success in San Francisco and he ended up playing for the Miami Dolphins.

    Armstrong eventually moved up north and was a star for multiple years in the Canadian Football League.

28. Jeff Fuller WR

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    Jeff Fuller is the best wide receiver ever to put on an Aggie uniform.

    He holds multiple school records including most catches in a season, most receiving touchdowns in a season and most receiving touchdowns in a career.

    In 2010 he became the first Aggie to ever surpass 1,000 yards receiving when he set a school record with 1,066 yards. He also tied the A&M season record with 72 receptions and set a new record with 12 touchdown receptions.

    There have been more talented receivers in Aggieland but none who have been as productive.

    Fuller will likely complete his career at the end of the 2011 season owning every major receiving record in the schools history.

27. Brandon Mitchell DE

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    Brandon Mitchell was a dominant DE for the Aggies 3-4 defense during the mid-90's. Mitchell was named All-American in 1995 when he had 47 tackles, six sacks and nine tackles for loss.

    Mithcell was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1997 NFL Draft. He was a starter for the Patriots 2002 Super Bowl Champion squad.

    Mitchell continued the long line of dominating defensive linemen who played at A&M under R.C. Slocum.

26. Garth Ten Naple LB

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    Garth Ten Napel played linebacker on one of the most dominating defenses in A&M history.

    Napel was named All-American after the 1975 season.

    He was one of three All-Americans on the '75 starting defense.

    Ten Napel teamed with Ed Simonini to lead the number one defense in the nation allowing only 183.8 yards per game.

    Ten Napel was a 7th round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 1976 NFL Draft.

25. Dave Elmendorf FS

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    Dave Elmendorf is one of the most decorated Aggie athletes of all time.

    He was named All-American in football in 1970 after intercepting six passes and setting a then school record with 457 kickoff return yards.

    Elmendorf was a renaissance man who was also named All-American in baseball. He was named an academic All-American in both football and baseball.

    Elmendorf was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams in the 3rd round if the 1971 NFL Draft. He would go on to earn All-Pro honors and would play in the 1980 Super Bowl.

    Elmendorf now does color for the Aggie football radio broadcasts.

24. Ed Simonini LB

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    Ed Simonini starred at LB for the 1975 Aggie squad that finished 10-2 and ranked No. 11 in the final AP Poll.

    Simonini was named All-American after the 1975 season. He was named All-SWC three times and was selected as the SWC Defensive Player of the Year in 1975.

    Simonini led the Aggies in tackles for three straight seasons. He set a then A&M freshman record with 92 tackles in 1972.

    Simonini was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for seven years with the Colts and New Orleans Saints.

23. Patrick Bates S

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    Patrick Bates was one of the most physically dominating football players to ever patrol a secondary in the SWC.

    He was a big safety who let his presence be known with bone crushing hits.

    Bates was named All-American in 1992 when he led the Aggies with 95 tackles. He also added two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

    Bates was selected in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders.

22. Greg Hill RB

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    Greg Hill burst onto the scene in his first game as an Aggie with 212 yards rushing in a victory over LSU at Baton Rouge.Hill still holds the mark for the most rushing yards ever in an NCAA debut.

    Hill set a school and SWC record for rushing yards by a freshman with 1,216.

    "GHT" was named second team All-American in 1992 when he rushed for 1,339 yards. He reached the 2,000 yard mark faster than any runner in SWC history.

    Hill finished his Aggie career with 3.262 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns. Hill declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season and was selected in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Hill played for six years in the NFL.

21. John Kimbrough RB

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    "Jarrin" John Kimbrough was the star of the Aggies 1939 National Championship team.

    Kimbrough was named All-American in 1939 and 1940.

    During the 1939 championship campaign he rushed for 475 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a senior he rushed for 611 yards with seven touchdowns and had five interceptions on defense.

    Kimbrough finished second in the Heisman balloting in 1940.

    He was a first round selection in the 1940 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals.

    Kimbrough was a popular figure in Hollywood during the early 40's because of his athletic success and natural good looks. He starred in two western movies.

    After his playing career was over Kimbrough was the head coach at Baylor and West Texas A&M. He also served a stint in the Texas Legislature.

20. Bob Smith RB

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    Bob Smith was one of the best running backs ever to play at Kyle Field.

    He still holds the school record for most rushing yards in a single games with 297 against SMU.

    Smith was named All-American in 1950 after setting an SWC record for rushing yards in a season with 1,302 yards. He also set the conference record for rushing touchdowns with 14. The conference had never seen back with the kind of speed that Smith had.

    Smith rushed for 2,415 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career which was the most ever at A&M at that time.

    Smith was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL Draft.

19. Jack Pardee FB/LB

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    Jack Pardee was arguably the toughest Aggie football player of all time.

    Pardee came to A&M after starring in 6-man football at tiny Cristoval, TX.He was one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys."

    Pardee was a star on both sides of the ball for the 1956 SWC Champion Aggie Football Team.

    He rushed for 463 yards and five touchdowns while intercepting three passes on defense. When the Aggies needed a big play in '56 Pardee came through again and again.He was named All-American for his efforts.

    He was selected by the Los Angeles Ram in the second round of the 1957 NFL Draft. Pardee was named to the Pro Bowl in 1963.

    After his playing career was over Pardee went into coaching. He coached in college at the University of Houston and then professionally as the head coach of the Houston Oilers.

18. Marcus Buckley ILB

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    Marcus Buckley was an All American in 1992. He was also the consensus SWC Defensive Player of the Year.

    Buckley led the Aggies to a 12-1 record and the Cotton Bowl as a senior.

    In '92 he had 70 tackles, 12 tacks, nine of tackles for loss and 18 quarterback pressures. He also broke up four passes.

    Buckley was a 3rd round pick by the New York Giants in the 1993 NFL Draft.

17. Ray Childress DL

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    Ray Childress was a two-time All-American for the Aggies. he earned the honors in 1983 and 1984.

    In 1983 Childress posted 15 sacks. He added 10 as a senior in 1984.

    He was the first round draft pick of the Houston Oilers in the 1985 NFL Draft and became multi-year All Pro. He was named to the Pro Bowl as a DE and DT in the NFL.

    The NCAA passed a rule disallowing schools from sending life sized posters to recruits because Jackie Sherrill was sending posters of Childress in the mail.

    Arguably the most dominant defensive lineman ever to play for A&M.

16. John Roper OLB

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    John Roper was one of the greatest blitzing linebackers in the history of A&M.

    Roper was named All-American in 1987 as a junior when he had 15 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He added another 15 sacks as a senior to finish with 36 for his career.

    He and Aaron Wallace formed the "blitz brothers" tandem for the Aggies during Roper's junior and senior season.

    Roper was a second round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in the 1989 NFL Draft.

15. Seth McKinney C

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    Seth McKinney started every game of his four year career at A&M. He made 50 consecutive starts.

    McKinney was selected All-Big 12 as a junior and senior in 2000 and 2001.

    He was a dominating force the middle of the Aggies offensive line.

    McKinney was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He spent eight years in the NFL.

    Now that he is retired McKinney is considering a career in politics.

14. Johny Holland ILB

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    Johny Holland was named All-American 1986 and 1987. Holland held the A&M career record for tackles with 455 when he finished playing.

    He was a second round pick in the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers where he played for six years.

    After his playing career was over he earned a Super Bowl ring as the member of the Green Bay coaching staff when they won the 1996 Super Bowl.

13. Richmond Webb OT

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    Richmond Webb was one of the best offensive linemen to ever don an Aggie uniform and probably received the least accolades. He was All-SWC in 1989. He received the Aggie Heart Award in the same year.

    He was recruited as a defensive linemen out of Dallas Roosevelt High School by Jackie Sherrill. He was switched to the offensive side of the ball and became one of the best ever.

    Webb was the 9th overall selection of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

    Webb went to seven straight pro bowls. He started a team record 118 games for the Dolphins.

    Protected Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino's blind side for much of his career.

12. Charlie Krueger OT

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    Charlie Krueger was a two time All-American offensive tackle. He was awarded All-American after his junior and senior seasons of 1956 and 1957.

    Krueger was the best offensive lineman on a 1956 team that averaged 263.8 rushing yards per game.

    Along with Dennis Goehring, Jack Pardee and John David Crow, Krueger helped change the perception of A&M football by going to Austin and beating Texas.

    Kruger was drafted in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers. He played in two pro bowls.

11. Aaron Glenn CB

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    When Kevin Smith finished up his eligibility in 1991 SWC offensive coaches breathed a sigh of relief. In 1992 Aaron Glenn arrived in Aggieland from Navarro Junior College and crushed all of those coaches dreams.

    In 1992 Glenn set an SWC record with 20 passes defenses.

    He was a consensus All-American as a senior in 1993 and led the nation in punt returns with an average of 19.9 yards per return.

    Glenn broke up 13 passes and had three interceptions in '93.

    He was the definition of a cover corner.

    Glenn was a first round pick of the New York Jets in the 1994 NFL Draft.

    He is one of the few players in NFL history to return a missed field goal for a touchdown.

10. Warrick Holdman OLB

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    Warrick Holdman never received the accolades of his teammate Dat Nguyen, but he was a great linebacker in his own right.

    In 1998 as a senior Holdman had 95 tackles with 16 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and an interception.

    He was the ideal drop OLB adept in coverage and against the run.

    Holdman was a huge part of the defense that led the Aggies to the 1998 Big 12 Championship.

    He was a 4th round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played for nine seasons in the NFL.

9. Darren Lewis RB

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    Darren "Tank" Lewis is the all-time leading rusher in A&M history. His 5,012 career yards ranked number five nationally when he completed his career in 1990.

    Lewis became the first player to ever rush for over 5,000 yards in a career and not win the Heisman Trophy.

    Lewis was named first team All-American in 1988 and 1990.

    He set a school record with 1,692 rushing yards as a sophomore. As a senior Lewis rushed for 1,691 rushing yards.

    He was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the SWC in 1988 and 1990.

    The Chicago bears selected Lewis in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft.

8. Quentin Coryatt ILB

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    Quentin Corryatt was probably the most intimidating football player to ever step on the field for the Aggies.

    Corryatt gained infamy for his 1991 hit on TCU wide receiver Kyle McPherson in which he broke McPherson's jaw in three places and also broke a rib.

    He redefined what physical play from the linebacker position was.

    Coryatt was named the 1991 SWC Defensive Player of the Year. He was a second team All American in 1991.

    He was the second overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Corryatt spent eight years in the NFL before retiring.

7. Kevin Smith CB

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    Kevin "Pup" Smith was a star corner back for the Aggies in the early 90's.

    Smith was named All-American in 1991. Teams rarely threw his way but he still managed to lead the team with nine passes broken up. He also averaged 14.5 yards per punt return to lead the SWC and returned two for touchdowns.

    The Dallas Cowboys drafted Smith in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was a starter on the '92 and '93 Cowboys teams that won the Super Bowl.

6. Joe Routt OG

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    Joe Routt was a consensus All American in 1936 and 1937. He was the first Aggie football player to ever win a national honor.

    Routt helped the Aggies lead the SWC in rushing in 1937.

    Routt was a second round draft pick by the Cleveland Rams in 1938. He was killed in action in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge.

    The street that runs right in front of Kyle Field is named after Joe Routt.

5. Sam Adams DE

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    Sam Adams was named a consensus first team All American in 1993. Adams was one of the most dominating defensive linemen ever to play in the Southwestern Conference. He was named All-SWC all three years he played football at A&M.

    As a junior Adams posted 78 tackles with 10.5 sacks and five caused fumbles from his defensive end position in the Aggies 3-4 scheme.Sports Illustrated named him the national defensive player of the year.

    Adams declared early for the NFL Draft and was the 8th overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks.

    Adams spent 14 seasons in the NFL. Adams was selected to the Pro Bowl twice. He was an integral part of the Baltimore Ravens defense that led them to the 2000 Super Bowl title.

    Adams was member of the Texas A&M track team and competed in the shot and discuss. As a senior in high school he had the second longest shot throw in the nation.

    Adams was elected into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

4. Leeland McElroy RB

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    Leeland McElroy is probably the most dynamic ball carrier ever grace the turf of Kyle Field.

    McElroy was named All American as a kick returner in 1994 and 1995. He still holds the NCAA record for most kick offs returned for a touchdown in one game with two against Rice. His career average of 36.3 yards per kickoff return set an NCAA record.

    Set the A&M record for the longest kickoff return at 100 yards.

    McElroy rushed for 1.122 yards in 1995 before declaring for the NFL Draft as a junior and being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round.

3. John David Crow RB/LB

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    In 1957 John David Crow became the only Aggie to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

    In '57 Crow led the Aggies with 562 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He also also snagged five interceptions on defense. Crow added two touchdown receptions on offense.

    Crow is the only one of Bear Bryant's players ever to win the Heisman.

    Crow was a first round draft pick of the Chicago Cardinals. He played for 11 years in the NFL and was named to the Pro Bowl four times.

    Crow still holds the record for most completions in the NFL by a non-quarterback with 33 completions for five touchdowns.

2. Von Miller OLB

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    Von Miller was a two time All American at A&M and is credited with bringing the Wrecking Crew defense back to Aggieland.

    Miller led the nation in sacks as a junior in 2009 with 17. He passed up the NFL draft, returning to Aggieland in 2010 to lead the Aggies to a nine win season and led the team and Big 12 in sacks with 10.5.

    Miller was blessed with a lightning fast first step and built himself up into one of the strongest players on the A&M team. The phrase "big time players make big time plays" could not be more appropriate for Miller.

    During the Aggies six game winning streak in 2010 Miller helped stop Demarco Murray in the backfield on a crucial fourth-down play to beat OU, and then grabbed an interception to seal the game late against Texas.

    Miller showed a new generation of Aggie fans what outside linebackers on the Wrecking Crew defense are supposed to look at play like.

    Miller was the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

1. Dat Nguyen ILB

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    Dat Nguyen is the all-time tackles leader at A&M with 517.

    Nguyen was named that Lombardi and Bednarik Award winners after his senior season in 1998.

    Dat Nguyen was the only Aggie player to lead the team in tackles four seasons in a row.

    He led the Aggies to their last BCS bowl game when they went to the Sugar Bowl in 1998. Nguyen was named a consensus first team All American and first team All Big 12 that year.

    At a school where dominating linebacker play was prized, Nguyen was probably the best all around linebacker ever to step on the field. As a senior Nguyen racked up 147 tackles, with 20 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions.

    He epitomized what coaches are talking about when they say they want a player who leaves it all on the field every game.

    Dat Nguyen was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After a seven-year career with the Cowboys, Nguyen retired and turned to coaching. He now coaches linebackers at A&M.

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