Texas Tech announced its inductees for the 2020 Hall of Fame class headlined by a trio of the very best to ever lace them up as Red Raiders in Graham Harrell, Michael Crabtree and Ronald Ross. Joining them in the class are former national champion discus thrower D’Andra Carter, golfer Brooke Lowrance, volleyball standout Chris Martin and Jason Totman, a former All-American infielder.
“This is arguably one of the best classes we’ve inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame,” said Rodney Allison, executive director of the Double T Varsity Club, via a press release from Texas Tech. “You can look at each of these inductees and fairly say they were among the top players we’ve had in each of their respective sports. We look forward to formally inducting this class into the Hall of Fame and will hopefully be able to share those details later this fall.”
Harrell and Crabtree, who were teammates during the height of the Mike Leach era earlier this century, both enjoyed tremendous careers, but will forever be remembered not only in West Texas, but in the annals of college football for producing one of the most dramatic moments in the sport’s history back in 2008. Their last-second 26-yard touchdown connection to defeat No. 1 Texas in front of a packed Jones Stadium on prime time national television will always be one of top athletics moments in Red Raider history.
That moment was the pinnacle of their careers at Texas Tech but does not tell the whole story. Crabtree was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner, two-time All-American and 2008 Heisman finalist who caught 231 passes for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in just two seasons at Texas Tech. His redshirt freshman season in 2007 in which he caught 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 scores still stands as one of the best single seasons by a receiver in college football history.
Crabtree was selected No. 10 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the 49ers, but also played for the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals.
Harrell is the Texas Tech career leader in almost every statistical passing category and ranks top four in college football all-time in both passing yards (15,793) and touchdown passes (134). Like Crabtree, he racked up the awards over the course of his collegiate career. Among those were the Sammy Baugh Trophy as a junior in 2007 and the Johnny Unitas Award as well as AT&T All-America Player of the Year and Sporting News Co-Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2008. Like Crabtree, Harrell was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2008. Harrelll finished fourth and Crabtree finished fifth in voting.
After playing a season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League,Harrell signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and was on the team for three years before a brief stint with the New York Jets in 2013. He reunited with former coach Mike Leach as one of his offensive assistants at Washington State before moving on to become offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Texas and now serves in the same role at USC.
Ronald Ross is an amazing story of a former walk-on from Hobbs, New Mexico who is now being inducted into to the Texas Tech Hall of Fame. His collegiate career makes his induction a no-brainer and true celebration for Red Raider basketball fans. Ross played for Bob Knight from 2002-05. During Ross’ time as a player Texas Tech went to the NCAA tournament three times, and he led the Red Raiders to their first Sweet 16 appearance in program history. Ross was an All-American and All-Big 12 performer his senior season who averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game. He is the program single-season (86) and career leader (204) in steals.
Ross played professionally overseas for 13 seasons before returning to Texas Tech as a graduate assistant under Chris Beard for the historic Big 12 championship season and run to the national championship game in 2018-19.
Texas Tech also announced via a press release that, “due to concerns for the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Tech has not formally set an induction date for the 2020 class. The athletics department will announce its induction plans once they are finalized later this fall.”