Texas A&M football: 30 greatest players of all-time

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Warrick Holdman, Texas A&M Aggies
Warrick Holdman, Texas A&M Aggies. Photo Credit: Getty Images /

Stats – 294 tackles, 46 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks

Accolades – All-American in 1998, First-Team All-Big 12 in 1998, Second-Team All-Big 12 in 1997

Team signature moment – Winning the 1998 Big 12 Championship

Overshadowed by another player you’ll find much later in this list, Warrick Holdman is probably one of the more underappreciated players in Aggie history. He played for a Wrecking Crew defense and next to maybe the best linebacker in the history of college football in Dat Nguyen, so it’s understandable if you hadn’t heard of him.

However, it’s not understandable if you underestimate his greatness. He was one of the best outside linebackers in college football during his time in Aggieland. The Aggie defense was paramount to the team winning their one and only Big 12 Championship.

That year was special, as they beat the then-No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers early in the season and won the title game over the then-No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats, despite being big underdogs in both games.

Holdman would go on to have a successful career in the NFL. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Holdman played nine seasons with the Bears, the Cleveland Browns, the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos. His best season was in 2001, when he posted 107 tackles, 1.5 sacks, eight passes defended and three forced fumbles.