Six people were inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of fame yesterday. Former Baytown Robert E. Lee and Texas A&M University great Quentin Coryatt and his Cotton Bowl performance, though, stood out as particularly special.
One specific play to be exact.
What has become simply known as “The Hit”, is now part of Texas A&M lore. During the 1992 Cotton Bowl Classic and the days of the now-defunct Southwest Conference, Coryatt, one of Texas A&M’s legendary “Wrecking Crew” packed a punch, racking up a game-high 15 tackles (10 solo, 3 TFL).
“It is a part of A&M history, but we’ve had so many other good plays together as a unit,” Coryatt said. “So when you look at A&M, you don’t define the Wrecking Crew by just my name alone and that one particularly play. Many other plays are associated with A&M’s history that stand out just as much.”
His sack of Florida State quarterback Casey Weldon and his ability to deal out viciously delicious hits — including “The Hit” that broke TCU wide receiver Kyle McPherson’s jaw — became the stuff of legend. It also earned him the honor of being the No. 2 player picked in the 1992 NFL Draft courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts and one-year stop in Dallas as a Cowboy in 1999.
Quentin Coryatt is now enjoying raising his family and helping other young football players as a coach at Football University, which is one of the premier football camps in the country.
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