Texas Tech Football: 50 Greatest Red Raiders of all time

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Nov 1, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; A young Texas Tech Red Raiders fan shows his support during the game with the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 47 Don King (Guard 1966 – 1968)

A member of some strong offensive lines from the late 1960’s checks in as the 47th greatest Texas Tech football player of all-time. Don King (no, not the boxing promoter with Treasure Troll hair) was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Southwest Conference selection in 1968.

King was also named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine  “Texas Tech Dream Team.”  In addition, in 2008 Kings was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. The Lubbock Avalanche Journal also honored King when it named him to the “All-Time Texas Tech Team.” 

 The native of Wichita Falls, TX was a three-year starter and the anchor of the offensive line during his tenure at Tech. King was named team captain and team MVP for his senior season.

In a story that has become commonplace in today’s world of college football recruiting, King chose to play for Texas Tech simply because his high school coach, Jess Stiles was hired to be an assistant coach for the Red Raiders.  In that sense, once could consider the legendary guard a trend-setter.

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