Houston Area Red Raider All-Time Team
Over the years, the Texas Tech football program has extracted tremendous talent from the Houston area. Meet the all-time Red Raider squad made up of players from H-town.
The fourth largest city in the United States, Houston, Texas, is a hotbed for high school football. Every year programs from across the country flock to Space City in hopes of adding elite talent to their roster and this is also true of the Texas Tech football program.
On the 2019 roster, 15 players are from the greater Houston area. That’s 13.7% of the list.
But as the competition for Texas talent has come to include virtually every program in the country, Tech not only has to beat its rivals in the state for H-town’s top talent. And we can blame a lot of that on Texas A&M.
When the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2011, it put the Houston area on the line for just about every SEC team. Certainly, schools close to Houston like LSU and Arkansas were already working in Bayou City. But other SEC schools began to focus more on Houston once they were able to sell Texas players the option to continue playing in their home state while playing in the SEC.
Additionally, Houston is now as much an SEC market as it is a Big 12 market, with Southeast Texas media giving equal attention to both leagues.
With each passing year, the battle for Houston’s top talent becomes more and more intense. And considering the quality of players who have come out of H-town in the past, that’s no surprise.
Of course, in 2019 Houston native Ed Oliver was ranked No. 9 overall by the Buffalo Bills after being an American defensive tackle for the Houston Cougars. He’s the latest Houston native to be a coveted NFL draft pick, but only time will tell if he lives up to the standards set by other Houstonians in the NFL.
Perhaps the best high school player Houston produced in decades, Vince Young, was one of the best college quarterbacks of his generation in Texas where he led the Longhorns to the 2004 national title. pitch derailed his NFL career.
The best player to ever come from Houston is Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary. Playing for the Chicago Bears from 1981 to 1992, the former Baylor Bear was a 10-time pro Bowler and widely regarded as the greatest middle linebacker to ever play the game.
Another Houston Hall of Fame is former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas. Oklahoma State Proceeds led the Bills to 4 straight Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s.
Defensive end Michael Strahan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 after playing for the New York Giants. But he started his footballing journey at Westbury High School in Houston.
Mel Renfro, one of the best defensive backs in Dallas Cowboys history, can also trace his roots to Houston. In 14 seasons in the NFL, he had 52 assists, most of the Dallas Cowboys.
Current Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck graduated from Stratford High School. Already selected 4 times in the Pro Bowl, Lubck could be the next native of Houston to have a bust in Canton.
Another NFL QB veteran, Andy Dalton, is also a Houston area product. He was a star in one of the state’s top high school programs, Katy, before moving on to TCU. He’s been the Bengals’ QB since 2011 and threw 188 career touchdown passes.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech has also relied heavily on Houston talent over the years. So let’s take a closer look at the best Clutch City players who have ever donned the Double-T. Meet the Houston area Texas Tech football team of all time.