The Texas A&M Football program continues to bring in recognition this offseason. This week, two former Aggie football players were named to Bleacher Report’s All-Century team, despite the program joining the conference less than a decade ago.
The rest of the SEC had a 12-year head start and A&M is already gaining on them.
The list featured a handful of notable players at the college football level in the past couple of decades but left off one of the most iconic players in the history of the game — Johnny Manziel. The Aggie quarterback’s spot was taken by Tim Tebow, who was determined by B/R to have been the better quarterback.
And while he was snubbed, he wasn’t left without any recognition. Here’s what Kerry Miller said about leaving a few notable names off of the list.
“But while Newton was electrifying for his one year at Auburn, Manziel was entertaining as hell for his two years at Texas A&M and the Burrow-led Tigers broke all sorts of offensive records two seasons ago, you can’t even try to tell the history of the past two decades of college football without a lengthy discussion about Tebow.”
The Texas A&M Football team was represented by two other players who were among the most dominant of all-time
Fortunately for Texas A&M, their rich football history goes deeper than a single Heisman-winning quarterback. Manziel was great but the Aggies had two players who were more impactful to their position in comparison to the rest of the SEC.
The first of those players is Luke Joeckel, a former offensive tackle for Texas A&M. In College Station, Joeckel was the golden example of consistency. Joeckel played for the Aggies from 2010 to 2012 and in that short period of time, established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the country.
In his final season with the Aggies, he would be recognized with an Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best offensive lineman, a unanimous All-American selection, and a First-Team All-SEC selection. He would be picked up with the second overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
But he’s not even the highest NFL Draft pick from A&M that we’re going to be discussing today. That would be Myles Garrett, the other player mentioned on Bleacher Report’s All-Century team.
Garrett came into Aggieland as the top-ranked player in his class and left as the top-ranked prospect in his class. With 31 sacks and 7 forced fumbles in three seasons, he could make the argument for greatest defensive lineman in SEC history.
The physically dominating defensive end would move onto the NFL, where he is now considered one of the best edge players in the league.