Continuing the Bench Report post of the top fifty Aggie football players, this is the fourth list:
- Bob Smith RB - One of A&M's best running back, Bob set a record, rushing for 297 yards against SMU and was named All-American in 1950 with a SWC record of 1,302 rushing yards and a conference record of 14 rushing touchdowns. He was simply too fast for the conference. After a career of 2,415 yards and 23 touchdowns, Smith was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL Draft.
- Jack Pardee FB/RB - arguably the toughest Aggie of all time, Pardee came to A&M after starring in 6-man football at tiny Cristobal, Texas. He was one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" and was a star on both sides of the ball for the 1956 SWC Champion Aggie Football Team. He rushed for 43 yards and five touchdowns while intercepting three passes on defence. When the team needed a big play in 1956, Pardee did it and was selected as All-American. Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1957 NFL Draft, he was named to the Pro Bowl in 1963. He later coached at University of Houston and the Houston Oilers. (a personal aside...my daughter, Martha was the Pardees babysitter for years and he and his wife begged us to allow her to go with them to Los Angeles and live. He guaranteed a college tuition to boot. She stayed at home)
- Marcus Buckley ILB - He was All- American in 1952 and consensus SWC Player of the Year. As a senior, Buckley led the Aggies to a a12-1 record and the Cotton Bowl. In 1992 he had 70 tackles, nine for a loss, 18 quarterback pressures and broke up four passes. Marcus was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
- Ray Childress DL - Twice All-American(1983 and 1984), Ray posted 15 sacks in '83 and 10 as a senior in '84. His versatility made him very popular as a first round pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1985 NFL Draft. He was a multi-year All Pro named to the Pro Bowl as DE and DT. Ray will long be remembered as most dominant here at Aggieland.
- John Roper OLB - A blitzing force on the Aggie defence, Roper was named All-American in 1987 as a junior when he had 15 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. He added another 15 sacks as a senior to finish with a total of 38 for his career. Known along with Aaron Wallace as "The Blitz Brothers" tandem for the Aggies during his junior and senior seasons, Roper was drafted in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Bears.
- Seth McKinney C - With 50 consecutive starts, McKinney was selected All-Big 12 as a junior and senior in 200 and 2001. A dominating force in the middle of the Aggie offensive line, he was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft and spent eight years with the Dolphins.
- Johny Holland ILB - All-American in 1986 and 1987, Holland held the career record for tackles with 455 and was a second round pick by the NFL Packers. After playing there for six years he earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the scouting staff in 1996.
- Richmond Webb OT- One of the most underrated offensive linemen to were the Maroon and white, Webb was All-SWC in 1989 and recipient of the Aggie Heart Award that same year. Recruited as a defensive lineman out of Dallas Roosevelt, he was switched to offence by Jackie Sherrill and became one of the best ever. Miami drafted Webb in the 9th round in 1990 and he protected Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino's blind side for much of his career. Selected to seven straight Pro Bowls, he started a record 118 games for the Dolphins.
- Charlie Krueger OT- Two time All-American, Charlie was the best offensive lineman on a 1956 team that averaged 263.8 rushing yards per game. Along with Dennie Goehring, Jack Pardee and John David Crow, Krueger helped change the perception of A&M football by defeating the Longhorns at home. Charlie Krueger was drafted first round by the 48ers in 1957. He played in two Pro Bowls.
- Aaron Glenn CB - Offensive coaches breathed a sigh of relief when Kevin Smith finished his eligibility in 1991, but then in 1992, Aaron Glenn arrived in Aggieland from Navarro Junior College and crushed all those coaches' dreams. Glenn wet an SWC record with 20 passes defence and was a consensus All-American as a senior in 1993, leading the nation in punt returns with an average of 19.9 yards per return. that same year, he broke up 13 passes and intercepted three. Considered a 'cover corner', Aaron was a first round pick of the Jets in the 1994 NFL Draft and is one of the few players to ever return a missed field goal for a touchdown.
- Warrick Holdman OLB - Overshadowed by his team mate Dat Nguyen, Holdman never received accolades of his team mates, but he was a great linebacker in his own right. As a senior in 1998 Holdman had 95 tackles with 16 for loss, 7 sacks and and interception. Warrick was a huge part of the defence that led the Aggies to the 1998 Big 12 Championship and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 4th round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played for nine seasons in the NFL.
(This list was published in 2011 and there have other great athletes deserving of mention since. Along with this posting, I have provided a list of those. I would like to know who would be in YOUR top 5? If you would list in "Comments", it would be greatly appreciated.)
James G Austin, '69