Big 12: Homer Norton

Texas A&M's Mount Rushmore

February, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin  

No fan base in the Big 12 values its history and tradition quite like Texas A&M's supporters do.

The Aggies have many strong candidates who would merit consideration on my mythical Mount Rushmore for football. It was tough, but here are my four choices.

  • E. King Gill -- The 12th Man never saw action in the 1922 Dixie Classic, but his readiness if needed has infused the tradition of the school ever since.
  • Dat Nguyen -- The most decorated defensive player in Aggies' history won the Bednarik and Lombardi awards, leading Texas A&M to its only Big 12 football title in 1998.
  • John David Crow -- The only Heisman Trophy winner in school history claimed the award despite his team losing its final three games in 1957.
  • John Kimbrough -- The first two-time consensus All-American in school history finished as the runner-up for the Heisman in 1940, the year after leading the Aggies to their only national championship in 1939.

Of course, there might be room for argument as far as R.C. Slocum, Bear Bryant, Pat Thomas, Dave Elmendorf, Jackie Sherrill or Homer Norton is concerned. 

Any other suggestions?

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