Former Van Vleck High School star to be put into A&M’s Hall of Fame

Texas A&M running back George Woodard had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 1976 and 1977. (Photo by Texas A&M Athletics)

Former Van Vleck High School star to be put into A&M’s Hall of Fame

George Woodard led the Aggies’ rushing attack in mid-1970s

 

Former Van Vleck High School star George Woodard will be inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall.

Woodard was a track star with the Leopards, winning a district championship in the 100-meter dash, even though he was the size of an offensive lineman.

Running in the wishbone offense, Woodard immediately made an impact at A&M in his freshman year, setting the Aggies’ freshman rushing record in 1975 with 604 yards, helping A&M to reach the No. 2 ranking during the season and winning a share of the Southwest Conference title.

Woodard then became the first Aggie running back to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, rushing for 1,153 and 17 touchdowns in 1976, and 1,107 yards in 1977.

Injuries kept Woodard out of action in 1978 and he was held to only 47 rushing yards in 1979.

Still, Woodard finished his A&M career with 2,911 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns. He was ranked second in Aggie history in rushing yards when he finished and now is sixth, while his still ranked fourth in rushing scores.

The induction ceremony will take place at the 41st Burgess Banquet, held on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Hall of Champions of Kyle Field. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. 

Tickets are still available by calling the Lettermen’s Association (979-846-3024) or at 12thman.com/burgessbanquet.

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