Texas Tech Football: 50 Greatest Red Raiders of all time

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

No. 33 Andre Tillman (Tight End 1970 – 1973)

An integral member of what many consider to be the best team in school history is No. 32 on the list of the greatest players in Texas Tech history.

This talented tight end was part of the 1973 Texas Tech squad that went 11-1 including a victory in the Gator Bowl. But what made Andre Tillman’s 1973 season even more impressive is that he earned All-American honors despite playing with a torn meniscus.

That season, the 6’6” 231-pound tight end caught 26 passes for 428-yards and six scores. While these numbers have been deflated by the stats being put up in the modern era of spread-offenses, in 1973, Tillman’s production was unheard of.

After his time in Lubbock, Tillman played five seasons for the Miami Dolphins who drafted him in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft. In 2014, the former Red Raider great was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

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