Although Texas A&M soccer has produced a litany of proficient NFL gamers, not each nice Aggie has gone on to fulfill expectations on the subsequent degree.
From old-school gamers like John David Crow to fashionable guys resembling Von Miller, Myles Garrett and Mike Evans, Texas A&M soccer has no scarcity of high-quality NFL gamers which have handed by Faculty Station. Although this system has had loads of ups and downs, they’ve constantly produced no less than some dependable (and a few star) skills on the subsequent degree.
Sadly for the Aggies and their devoted followers, not each nice Texas A&M soccer participant has gone on to get pleasure from success within the NFL. Actually, you can argue that among the finest to ever play for this system haven’t panned out once they made the bounce to the skilled ranks.
Previous to the 2019 season, you can’ve made the argument that Ryan Tannehill was in that class however, after main the Tennessee Titans to the AFC Championship Recreation, he escapes that label now. The next 5 Texas A&M soccer greats, nonetheless, are usually not as fortunate.
Forming a wall with eventual first-round choose Jake Matthews, Luke Joeckel was a direct stud for the Aggies at left sort out. He earned the beginning job on the place as a real freshman and by no means relinquished his maintain on that spot all through his three years with the Aggies.
In that freshman marketing campaign, Joeckel was named a Freshman All-American by two separate publications as he helped grade the highway for a Texas A&M offense that averaged a hair over 165 speeding yards per sport. As a sophomore, his success continued as he anchored the very best offense in class historical past (on the time) and helped permit solely 9 sacks all season whereas being named a Second-Group All-Large 12 choice within the course of.
That’s when a sure quarterback who will undoubtedly seem on this record arrived in 2012 and lit the faculty soccer world on fireplace. There’s no query that Joeckel defending Mr. Soccer’s blindside helped the signal-caller win the Heisman Trophy with one of many biggest single seasons within the historical past of the game. Joeckel gained the Outland Trophy for his efforts and was a consensus First-Group All-American.
Along with his faculty success, the Jacksonville Jaguars made Joeckel the No. 2 total choose within the 2013 NFL Draft. After an injury-shortened rookie season, he struggled mightily to search out success as a sort out, ultimately shifting to protect. Nevertheless, the place swap helped solely marginally. The Jaguars let him stroll after 2016 and he spent one yr with the Seattle Seahawks earlier than he was out of the league.