Sunday, February 2, 2014

Aggie legends with Super Bowl XLVIII ties

(Linebacker Fredd Young was a playmaker with the Aggies, then the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL/Photo courtesy of NMSU athletics)

Wrote some stories for Sunday’s Sun-News print/online editions on a couple former Aggies who had impressive NFL careers, taking the field for Sunday’s Super Bowl participants - the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

We’ll start with Fredd Young, a former linebacker who played for NMSU from 1980-83. He was fantastic while with the program - if there ever was an All-Aggie team, Young would clearly be in the starting lineup and perhaps the top defensive player on the unit. While current Aggie head coach Doug Martin talks often about needing playmakers on the field, Young fit that mold. An outside linebacker/defensive end, Young also returned kicks and punts as a standout special teams player. He ranks high in the Aggie record books in key statistical categories and was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Seahawks. “I was like a missile”, Young said of his role on the Aggie defense. “I looked for the ball. Then I’d go get it.” For the full story, click here.

The Broncos connection is none other than Aggie legend Charley Johnson. Of course, Johnson had a marvelous career at New Mexico State from 1958-60 - he led the team to its last two bowl appearances (he was MVP in both NMSU victories) and played for a nationally-ranked Aggie football program (let that sink in for a minute). His No. 33 jersey is retired at the school.

But Johnson also had a solid - if not outstanding - pro career, playing 14 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers and Denver Broncos. Of those teams, Johnson said he follows the Broncos closest and will be pulling for them in today’s game. For the full story, click here.

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