Ray Childress, one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever wear the Texas A&M uniform, and former coach Gene Stallings were both named to The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame today.
Childress played from 1981-84 and ended his A&M career with 360 career tackles, the most of any defensive lineman in school history. He earned first-team All-America honors in 1983 and 1984. At the close of his career, his 25 sacks were second only to Jacob Green's record 37 sacks at the time. The 1984 Aggies team captain is credited with changing the attitude and culture of Aggie football.
"Ray didn't say too much, he was a quiet leader," former Texas A&M head coach Jackie Sherrill recalled in a Texas A&M release. "After we got shut out in Arkansas (28-0), he challenged everyone on the team. We were facing two bowl teams in TCU and Texas to finish out the year and we won both games and set the course for three straight Southwest Conference championships."
Childress, a 1985 graduate, would go on to become the third player selected in the 1985 NFL draft. He played 11 seasons with the Houston Oilers, earning All-Pro honors six times. He made five Pro Bowl appearances. During his career in Houston, he helped the Oilers reach the playoffs seven times.
A 1990 member of the Texas A&M Hall of Fame and a 2008 member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Childress and his wife, Kara, helped form the Childress Foundation to help at-risk youth during the 1990s. His son, Wells, is currently a redshirt freshman on the Aggie football team.
Stallings currently serves on The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. His first head coaching position was at Texas A&M from 1965-71 and after an illustrious NFL coaching career which included serving with Dallas Cowboys' legendary coach Tom Landry, Stallings returned to coach Alabama from 1990-96, leading the Crimson Tide to the 1992 national championship.
Stallings played at Texas A&M and is a member of the "Junction Boys," the group of Aggie football players who survived a 1954 training camp put together by A&M head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in Junction, Texas.