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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Jacob Green
Jacob Green. (Denver Post via Getty Images) /

Stats – 37 career sacks, 134 tackles and 20 sacks in the 1979 season

Accolades – All-American in 1978 and 1979

Team signature moment – Beating No. 5 Texas Longhorns 20-10 in 1975, won the Southwest Conference title.

In terms of pure dominance in one season, it doesn’t get much better than what Jacob Green did in the 1979 season. He racked up a ridiculous 134 tackles and set the single-season Aggie sack record with 20. That sack record still holds to this day. He was a force coming around the edge. His 37 career sacks still rank second in school history.

The 1975 and 1976 teams were excellent and each finished the season at 10-2. The Aggies had a winning record in all four years Green was on campus and won the SWC in 1975. That team is recognized as one of the best in school history.

Green would go on to be drafted No. 10 overall in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and had a terrific career in the NFL.

He is credited with 116 sacks in 13 seasons (officially 97, as sacks weren’t kept as a stat until his third year), made the All-Pro team twice, made the Pro Bowl in two other years and is in the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor. By the time he retired, he trailed only Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor in career sacks.

Green is originally from Houston. He now works in the 12th Man Foundation as the vice president of major gifts and endowments. He was recently elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, as well as having been elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2016