List of Texas Tech Red Raiders football honorees

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders college football team represents Texas Tech University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big 12 Conference's South Division. Texas Tech players and coaches of exceptional ability have received various accolades.


Each year, numerous publications and organizations release lists of All-America teams, hypothetical rosters of players considered the best in the nation at their respective positions.[1] Some selecting organizations choose more than one roster of All-Americans, in which case they use the terms "first team", "second team", and "third team" as appropriate.[2] College Sports Information Directors of America awards similar All-American honors with a focus on academic achievements.[3]

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, a college sports governing body, uses officially recognized All-America selectors to determine the "consensus" selections. These are based on a point system in which a player is awarded three points for every selector that names him to the first team, two points for the second team, and one point for the third team. The individual who receives the most points at his position is called a consensus All-American.[4] Over time, the sources used to determine the consensus selections have changed, and since 2002, the NCAA has used five selectors, the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), to determine consensus All-Americans.[5]

In 1935, end Herschel Ramsey was the first Texas Tech player to be named an All-American.[6] Twenty-five years later in 1960, linebacker E. J. Holub became Texas Tech's first consensus All-American. Texas Tech players have earned consensus All-America honors 12 times: E. J. Holub in 1960, Donny Anderson in 1965, Dan Irons in 1977, Gabriel Rivera in 1982, Mark Bounds in 1991, Zach Thomas in 1995, Byron Hanspard in 1996, Montae Reagor in 1998, Michael Crabtree in 2007 and 2008, Brandon Carter in 2008, and Jace Amaro in 2013.[7]

All-conference honorees[edit]

Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association[edit]

Southwest Conference[edit]

Big 12 Conference[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Six Red Raiders, Donny Anderson, Hub Bechtol, E. J. Holub, Dave Parks, Gabriel Rivera, and Zach Thomas have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[8]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Retired football jerseys
Number Player Year
44 Donny Anderson 1995
55 E.J. Holub 1960
81 Dave Parks 2009

Three Red Raider football players have had their jersey numbers retired. E.J. Holub's No. 55 was retired on Dec. 19, 1960, and Donny Anderson's No. 44 was retired Nov. 11, 1995. Dave Parks's No. 81 jersey was retired Nov. 17, 2001. Both Holub and Anderson are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.[9]

Trophies and awards[edit]

Texas Tech Ring of Honor[edit]

Texas Tech announced the creation of the Football Ring of Honor in June 2012. The Ring of Honor consists of an "elite group of players and coaches that made outstanding contributions to Red Raider Football."[10] Each player in the ring of honor has his name permanently added to the interior of the stadium on the West building.

Ring of Honor Members[edit]

Player Position Years Inducted
Anderson, DonnyDonny Anderson Running Back 1963-65 2012
Holub, E. J.E. J. Holub Center/Linebacker 1958-60 2012
Parks, DaveDave Parks Split End 1961-63 2012


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  2. ^ "FWAA All-America since 1944" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Academic All-America (by schools T-Z)" (PDF). College Sports Information Directors of America. p. 405. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  4. ^ "2010-11 NCAA Statistics' Policies & Guidelines" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010-09-15. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  5. ^ "Consensus All-America Selections, 1889-2009" (PDF). Award Winners. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  6. ^ "2010 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Media Supplement" (PDF). Texas Tech University. p. 42. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  7. ^ "Consensus All-Americans by College" (PDF). Award Winners. National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 16. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  8. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame" (PDF). Award Winners and All-Americans. National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 23. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  9. ^ "Texas Tech Traditions A-to-Z". Texas Tech Athletics. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  10. ^ "2013 Texas Tech Football Media Supplement". Texas Tech Athletics. Texas Tech Athletics. Retrieved Date.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)