Nov 3, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers and former Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree leads the Raider Walk to Jones AT&T Stadium for the game against the Texas Longhorns. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Red Raider Football Dream Team


Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos fan Alex Best holds face signs of wide receiver Wes Welker (not pictured) before the game against the Baltimore Ravens Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Who are the greatest football players to ever where the Double T on their helmets? Based on college production, stats, awards, NFL career and legendary status, these are the best players in the history of Texas Tech football.

All-Texas Tech Football Team

Quarterback:

Graham Harrell – all he did was destroy Kliff Kingsbury’s passing yards/touchdowns records and help lead Tech to its best season ever.

Running back:

Donny Anderson – dominant Hall of Fame running back in college and the pros and one of three guys with their names on the stadium.

Byron Hanspard – Doak Walker winner and Tech’s all-time rushing leader.

Receiver:

Michael Crabtree (unanimous) – 2X All-American, 2X Biletnikoff Award winner, top-10 draft pick in 2009.

Wes Welker (unanimous) – …cannot be stopped.

Jace Amaro – 2013 unanimous All-American, holds record for most receiving yards in a season for a tight end.

Offensive line:

Brandon Carter (unanimous) – 2008 All-American, terrifying human being.

Louis Vasquez – meanest offensive lineman to ever come through Tech. Part of 2008 line, 2013 All-Pro.

E.J. Holub – 2X All-American center in 1959 and 1960, also has his name on the stadium.

Manny Ramirez – set the school bench press record in 2005 with 550 pounds (breaking own record of 525 in 2003), member of Broncos 2013 Super Bowl team.

Rylan Reed – 2008 All-American, broke Manny’s bench press record with 625 pounds.

Defensive line:

Montae Reagor – 1998 consensus All-American, Tech’s all-time sack leader.

Gabe Rivera – Señor Sack! 1982 consensus All-American, 1983 Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Adell Duckett – set Tech single season records for sacks (14) and tackles for loss (23) in 2003.

Brandon Sharpe – broke Duckett’s single season sack record with 15 in 2009.

Linebacker:

Zach Thomas – unanimous All-American, Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus Award finalist in 1995.

E.J. Holub – first player in Texas Tech football history to have his jersey number (55) retired, member of the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame.

Lawrence Flugence – led the Big 12 in tackles from 2000-2002, set NCAA record for most tackles in a single season (193) in 2002, Tech’s career tackles leader (500).

Defensive back:

Dwayne Slay (unanimous) – set Big 12 record with eight forced fumbles in a single season, named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.

Jamar Wall – three-year starter and perennial All-Big 12 team member.

Marcus Coleman – All-American and the first to play the “Raider” position at Tech.

Tracy Saul – All-American and the owner of Tech’s career interceptions record (25).

Special teams:

Wes Welker – still tied for NCAA record with eight career punt-return touchdowns and won the Mosi Tatupu Award (best special teams player) in 2003.

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