Former Bryan High all-state football player Ty Warren, who won a pair of Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, will be inducted into the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association’s Hall of Fame along with six other athletes on Sept. 13 during the Burgess Banquet.
Warren earned All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors for Texas A&M in 2002 as a defensive lineman. He was a four-year letterman (1999-2002) for the Aggies, making 33 starts his last three seasons. He had 42 tackles for losses in his career, including 15 sacks.
Other inductees in A&M’s Class of 2019 are women’s swimmer Alia Atkinson, women’s basketball player Morenike Atunrase, football player Patrick Bates, baseball player Kyle Hawthorne, men’s basketball player Joseph Jones and track sprinter Justin Oliver.
Former football players Hunter Goodwin and Randy Wylie will be inducted into the Hall of Honor, which recognizes athletic accomplishments which have brought credit to the school. The late James Wiley, who played football and was on the track team, is the Lettermen’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner with this class.
Warren, who lives in College Station, earned All-Big 12 academic honors in 2000. He returned to school after playing eight seasons in the NFL and completed his Bachelor’s in Agricultural Development in 2010. Warren, a first-round NFL pick, earned all-pro honors in 2007 with the Patriots and finished his NFL career with 20.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-9 Jones, who led Normangee to a state championship, helped the Aggies to a National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal appearance and three straight NCAA tournaments from 2005-08. Jones ranks third in school history in career points (1,679), second in made free throws (480), sixth in rebounds (843), seventh in field goals (588), seventh in blocked shots (96) and second in games started (132). The four-time All-Big 12 has played in Europe since graduating. Jones was an All-Big 12 academic selection in 2006 and he received Bachelor’s in Agricultural Leadership and Development in 2007.
Atkinson was a four-year letter winner (2007-10) who earned 19 All-America honors. She was the 2010 NCAA champion in the 200-yard breaststroke. Atkinson also was a three-time Big 12 Champion in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke (2007, ‘08, ‘10). She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2010. Upon graduation, the four-time Jamaican Olympian set the 100-meter breaststroke world record in 2014, while winning the race at the Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar while becoming the first black woman to win a world swimming title.
Atunrase was a four-year letterman (2005-’08) who helped the Aggies go 93-39 and start the program’s current streak of 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances.
She scored 1,317 points which ranks 13th in school history. Her 176 blocked shots is the most in school history.
Bates earned All-America honors at safety in 1992. He also earned back-to-back All-Southwest Conference honors in 1991 and 1992. Bates was a first-round pick by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1993 NFL Draft, going 12th overall. He played three seasons in the NFL with the Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons.
Hawthorne led the Aggies in homers and runs batted in from 1977-79, with the Aggies claiming SWC titles in ’77 and ‘78. His 30 homers rank eighth in school history.
After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Hawthorne earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science from Texas A&M in 1979 and his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in 1986. Hawthorne currently serves as a judge on the 85th District Court of the State of Texas.
Oliver was a nine-time All-American and a member of the 2009 national championship team, the program’s first. Oliver (2006-09) anchored three Aggie school record performances in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. He anchored the 4x100 relay team that posted a time of 38.51,which broke a 20-year-old record.
Goodwin lettered in 1994 and 1995, earning All-SWC honors in 1995 as an offensive lineman. He played eight seasons in the NFL with Miami and Minnesota.
After his playing days, Goodwin served as president of the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association in 2012 and is a current 12th Man Athletic Ambassador.
Goodwin was instrumental in the planning, funding and construction of the Coach Jackie Sherrill Lettermen’s Club. He co-owns his own real estate investment company and has served on the board of countless entities in the Bryan-College Station community. Goodwin graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics, returning in the NFL offseason to complete his degree.
Wiley played on the 1944 Kiddie Korps football team, which was almost void of upperclassmen because of the war. Wiley, who played in the 1944 Orange Bowl, received a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 1948. He and his brother, A.P., founded Wiley Brothers General Contractors, which designs, leases and manages commercial and industrial buildings. During his career, he supervised construction of many Dallas landmarks including the Federal Reserve Bank, Moody Coliseum and the new Parkland Hospital.
In 1983, the Wiley brothers endowed the A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair in Civil Engineering in honor of their parents. The brothers also endowed the MSC Wiley Lecture Series. In 2014, the Wiley families recommitted to the students and the series by doubling their endowment gift and in 1983, Wiley continued his spirit of giving by endowing a Chair in Civil Engineering. Since then, the Wiley’s have contributed a President’s Endowed Scholarship, a Sul Ross Scholarship and have donated funds to enhance the Sterling C. Evans Library research facilities.
Individual tickets and sponsorships for the event are available by calling 979-846-3024 or at 12thman.com.