Since Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green left College Station, so much has changed. Kyle Field is bigger. The campus is different. Many notable alumni have come and gone, too. However, some of his records, and his impact, remain the same.
It has been 40 years since Green, now 62, left his mark as an Aggie legend forever. That 1979 season, where he racked up 134 total tackles, including 20 sacks, was one for the ages. The defensive end was a First-Team All-American that year, and it jumpstarted a sensational NFL career to follow.
To this day, Green still owns the Texas A&M school records for single-season sacks (20) and career forced fumbles (12). The two-time All-Southwest Conference selection is also in the top five of career sacks (38) and single-game tackles (22) in school history.
The only thing missing from his resume was a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame. Until now.
Jacob Green College Football Hall of Fame
Finally, exactly 40 years after one of the most dominant seasons in Texas A&M history, Jacob Green was inducted into this year’s College Football Hall of Fame class.
It’s sometimes hard to imagine why it took so long for the National Football Foundation (NFF), but Green now has his rightful spot in history after the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York.
“On behalf of Texas A&M Athletics, I want to congratulate Jacob Green on his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Jacob was a legend during his playing days at A&M, and he continues to have an enormous impact on the Department of Athletics in his role with the 12th Man Foundation. We are thrilled that his legacy will now live on forever in the College Football Hall of Fame.”
— Texas A&M Director of Athletics Scott WoodwardAdvertisement
After he left the Aggies with several single-season records, Green was selected the the No. 10 overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. He played 12 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, where he went to two Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro in 1983, and one year with the San Francisco 49ers.
A Pasadena, Texas native, which is near Houston, the star defensive player was third on the NFL’s all-time sack list when he retired and was named to the Seahawks Ring of Honor.
Green was a damn good football player and it all started in College Station, too,
2019 College Football Hall of Fame Inductees
TERRELL BUCKLEY – DB, Florida State (1989-91)
RICKEY DIXON – DB, Oklahoma (1984-87)
LONDON FLETCHER – LB, John Carroll [OH] (1995-97)
JACOB GREEN – DL, Texas A&M (1977-79)
TORRY HOLT – WR, North Carolina State (1995-98)
RAGHIB ISMAIL – KR/WR, Notre Dame (1988-90)
DARREN McFADDEN – RB, Arkansas (2005-07)
JAKE PLUMMER – QB, Arizona State (1993-96)
TROY POLAMALU – DB, Southern California (1999-2002)
JOE THOMAS – OL, Wisconsin (2003-06)
LORENZO WHITE – RB, Michigan State (1984-87)
PATRICK WILLIS – LB, Mississippi (2003-06)
VINCE YOUNG – QB, Texas (2003-05)
DENNIS ERICKSON – 179-96-1 (65.0%); Idaho (1982-85, 2006), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), Miami [FL] (1989-94), Oregon State (1999-2002), Arizona State (2007-11)
JOE TAYLOR – 233-96-4 (70.6%); Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984-91), Hampton (1992-2007), Florida A&M (2008-12)