Louisiana Tech's season opener against SEC foe Texas A&M on Aug. 30 at Independence Stadium was already being promoted as a historic match-up between the Bulldogs and the Aggies.
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech's season opener against SEC foe Texas A&M on Aug. 30 at Independence Stadium was already being promoted as a historic match-up between the Bulldogs and the Aggies.
That game and the events surrounding it just got more historic as Louisiana Tech officials announced today that the University's three Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Fred Dean and Willie Roaf will all be in attendance at the nationally televised contest.
The trio will be recognized and honored on the field during the game.
Bradshaw (Class of 1989) played for the Bulldogs from 1966 through 1969 where he captained LA Tech to back-to-back winning seasons and Grantland Rice Bowl appearances his junior and senior year. The All-American was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he led the franchise to eight AFC Central titles and four Super Bowl titles. He was twice named MVP of the Super Bowl.
Dean (Class of 2008) tormented opposing backfields in a Bulldog uniform from 1971-74 as LA Tech registered a combined record of 44-4 and won back-to-back Division II national championship titles. A three-time All-American, Dean was a second round selection of the San Diego Chargers in the 1975 NFL Draft where he was named to four Pro Bowls between his time with the Chargers and San Francisco 49ers. His career sack total was near 100.
Roaf (Class of 2012) played for the Bulldogs (1989-92) during the program's first four years as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) and helped guide LA Tech to the 1990 Independence Bowl against Maryland. After being named a finalist for the 1992 Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman, Roaf was selected in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints where he was chosen for 11 Pro Bowls during his 13 year career.
Fans are also encouraged to sign up their young Bulldog and Techster fans with a membership to the LA Tech Kids Club (only $40 per year gets free admittance to all LA Tech regular season, on-campus home events as well as numerous other benefits).
Tech will host a pair of team autograph sessions in the coming weeks as Bulldog fans can meet this year's players and coaches on Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium and Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Independence Stadium. For more information, log onto www.LATechsports.com.
Tech fans are also encouraged to financially support the University's dedicated and talented student-athletes, coaches and staff by joining the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC). As the University approaches a new era of Conference USA membership starting July 1, 2013, these types of financial gifts are vital to the continued success. Anyone interesting in becoming a member of LTAC can do so by calling Adam McGuirt at 318-255-7950. More information can be found online at www.LATechsports.com or at www.LATechAlumni.org.
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