51 years young today, the pride of Hempstead and an All-American linebacker at Texas A&M, the great Johnny Holland. How's this for a high school career: Holland was All-State in both football and basketball as well as Top 10 academically.
Holland made the forty-three mile trek from Hempstead to College Station to play for Jackie Sherrill and the rebuilding Aggies. Holland started three seasons for the Aggies and left College Station as the leading tackler in A&M history. Dat Nguyen would break his record in 1998. Holland played inside linebacker in defensive coordinator R.C. Slocum's attacking 3-4 Wrecking Crew.
Holland was selected All-SWC twice, finished 1985 with 150 tackles and followed that up with 155 in '86. Holland was an All-American in both 1985 and '86 as the Aggies went to two of three consecutive Cotton Bowls, their first appearances since 1967.
After A&M, the Packers drafted Holland where he played six seasons, registering 100 tackles in each of those seasons. He retired in 1993 and went into coaching, spending time with the Packers, Lions, Seahawks, Texans, Raiders, BC Lions of the CFL, and most recently a stint in Cleveland. Holland is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.
Happy Birthday to SWC and Aggie legend Johnny Holland.