Top-10 All-Time Texas A&M Players Include Three Seahawks Alumni
April 18, 2012
By Bill Boehlke
In well over 100 years as a program, Texas A&M football has racked up nearly 700 wins, drawn millions of fans and boasted some of the most imposing players in the country. The Dallas Morning News recently presented the ten best players in Texas A&M history, and wouldn’t you know, three of them went on to enjoy careers with the Seahawks. Presented in order of selection:
6. Sam Adams, DT: Adams started all three years for the Aggies, leading the team in tackles for loss (13), sacks (10.5), forced fumbles (5), and fumble recoveries (3), while making 78 tackles during his junior year. He was a consensus first-team All-America and was named national defensive player of the year by Sports Illustrated that season.
Sam was selected by the Seahawks as the #8 pick in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he played for the Seahawks from 1994 to 1999. He made several starts during his rookie year, splitting time between defensive tackle and defensive end. Sam was also selected to the AFC Pro Bowl in 1997.
8. Jacob Green, LB: Before Dat Nguyen became the greatest linebacker in school history, Green topped the list. He currently ranks second in A&M history with 37 career sacks, including an eye-popping 20 during the 1979 season. He also earned All-American honors during his illustrious career.
Jacob was selected by the Seahawks as the 10th pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, and played twelve seasons in Seattle. He was a first team All-Pro selection in 1983, and a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1986 and 1987.
10. Johnny Holland, LB: Holland was one of the faces of the Wrecking Crew defense during his time in College Station. He led the team in tackles with 155 and 147 during the 1984 and 1986 seasons, and was inducted into the Aggies and Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
Johnny was a 2nd round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers in 1987, retiring as a linebacker in 1993. He then moved on to an NFL coaching career, starting with Green Bay in 1995. Holland joined the Seahawks in 2000, where he served as the assistant special teams/assistant strength & conditioning coach; he returned to his more familiar role as linebackers coach in 2001. He is currently the linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders.