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Slocum among Aggie greats in College Football Hall of Fame

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

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Although Slocum’s achievements on the field were great and many, so too were his actions off it. Following the collapse of Bonfire in 1999, Slocum and the Aggie football team went to the site of the collapse to aid in clean up. He would speak at the memorial service held at Kyle Field on Thanksgiving night, a speech bolstering the spirits of the thousands of Aggies in attendance. His team’s victory over Texas the following day only reinforced his actions the previous night.

Brandon Leone, former Aggie defensive back, running back and current football analyst for an Aggies sports subscription site TexAgs.com, said Slocum was a major reason he attended A&M, not only for his football legacy, but his genuineness throughout the recruiting process.

“Coach Slocum and his son Shawn, particularly R.C., did such a good job of telling me the benefits of what it really means to be a student athlete at Texas A&M, the benefits of coming to the University to get a degree, way more than just football,” Leone said. “The biggest thing that stood out about R.C. was that he genuinely cared about me as a person. I could tell that.”

Slocum’s prowess as a great coach and even greater person allowed him to achieve his monumental accomplishments. An Aggie and football legend, his latest stripe signifies a worthy placement in the sport’s lore.

“We all knew he was one of the greatest coaches to have ever coached college football. We all knew some of the great games he played and all the games he’d been in,” Leach said. “For anybody that knows or cares anything about college football, it’s impossible to not have a great deal of respect for R.C. Slocum.”

 

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