6. Gary Kubiak (1979-1982)
Before being drafted in the 8th round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, and before stints as a head coach with the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, Gary Kubiak spent his college days in College Station putting up quite the impressive resume. Kubiak’s 1982 season was particularly good. He led the SWC in just about every major category, including passing yards (1948), touchdown passes (19), completion percentage (55.9), and total yards (1885). The only categories he did not top the leaderboard in that season were passing yards per attempt and interceptions.
Unfortunately, the team only managed to win five games that season. If he hadn’t been playing at the same time as Herschel Walker, John Elway, Eric Dickerson, and Dan Marino, Kubiak almost certainly would have been a major player in the Heisman conversation. In four seasons with A&M (two as a starter) he threw 31 touchdowns and 27 interceptions for 4,078 yards. For comparisons sake, that’s nearly equal to Johnny Manziel’s 2013 campaign alone.
Kubiak holds the distinction of being the only Texas A&M player to reach the Super Bowl both as a player and as a coach. He appeared as a player three times, backing up Hall of Famer John Elway. The Broncos lost each game Kubiak appeared in as a player, but he would go on to coach Peyton Manning – and former Aggie Von Miller – to victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.