The Texas A&M football team doesn’t necessarily have the history that some programs have, but the Aggies have always taken top high school talent. The Aggies’ 2022 class is the best example of this, breaking pretty much every recruiting record physically possible with a class that could hold seven five-star pledges when all is said and done.
But some have questioned the tactics of this football program, among other things.
This week, a former Texas A&M football prospect and NFL legend admitted something unexpected that just about everyone had suspected. That confession involved Eric Dickerson, his mother and a Pontiac Trans Am.
The Texas A&M football program was wrong, but does it matter much much later?
I could break the snippet myself, but The Eagle did it strong. Here’s their breakdown of the situation.
Dickerson describes in the clip how he saw the car at a dealership on Interstate 10 while traveling from Sealy to visit his grandparents in Houston. After mentioning the car to his stepfather, he said he was talking to an A&M booster in Sealy—Dickerson identifies him as Clarence Shear—who told him to go to the dealer.
Once at the dealership with his mother and grandmother, Dickerson said he picked out the gold Trans Am. Dickerson notes how his grandmother signed all the paperwork, but that “A&M had agreed behind the scenes to reimburse her. And that, my friends, is how the infamous Trans Am was paid.”
Dickerson goes on to explain how he “earned” that car as one of the best footballers in the country. And while that may have seemed silly to say, it’s next to nothing compared to what players are now earning from NIL deals.
This is clearly very damning evidence against Texas A&M boosters. That said, who really cares more? This is something that happened over 40 years ago and in the end Dickerson didn’t even go to Texas A&M. However, that didn’t stop his golden car from being nicknamed ‘Trans A&M’. You have to admit, it’s very funny.
Dickerson would eventually go to SMU, who must have given him more money or something more valuable than a gold Trans Am. He would earn All-American honors, while SMU would face the death penalty in 1987.
Some things never change as the Texas A&M football team still pays players. The main difference is that this time it is completely legal under NCAA rules.
Perhaps their past experience gave the program an edge, making TAMU the first school to take full advantage of these new rules.