Texas Tech Football: 50 Greatest Red Raiders of all time

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Nov 14, 2015; Lubbock, TX, USA; The pregame flyover before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Kansas State Wildcats at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


No. 35 Ecomet Burley (Defensive tackle 1972 – 1975)

At No. 35 on the list of the greatest Texas Tech players in history is defensive tackle Ecomet Burley.

Despite being only 5’10” and 240-pounds, Burley was one of the best defensive tackles to dawn the scarlet and black. The native of Lufkin, TX was an All-Southwest Conference selection in 1973, 1974 and 1975. He was also named a second team all-American in 1974.

Burley was originally recruited to play on the offensive line, but blossomed into a star when he was moved to defensive tackle. In 1972, he was awarded the Jimmy Rogers Jr. Most Valuable Lineman trophy for his performance in the Sun Bowl despite his team’s 32 – 28 loss to North Carolina.

Burley was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2004. After his time in Lubbock, Burley played in the Canadian Football League for six seasons. Once his playing career ended, Burley went into the educational field becoming the Super Intendant of the La Marque Independent School District.

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