New Mexico State University is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico and their football team plays its home games at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The team has had a long history that dates back to 1893 and they have had a lot of great seasons including going 11-0 in the school’s only undefeated season in 1960. The Aggies have also suffered through some extended times of sub par play but have still managed to never come out of a bowl game with a loss. They did however tie Hardin-Simmons College in their first bowl game ever, the 1936 Sun Bowl.
Through the years, a number of players have gone through New Mexico State and gone on to play professional football. Here is a look at all of the New Mexico State quarterbacks who have gone on to be drafted into the NFL.
Charley Johnson – 1960 – Cardinals – 10th Round
Charley Johnson had a long NFL career that saw him be named to the Pro Bowl in 1963. He played seven season for the St. Louis Cardinals, two for the Houston Oilers, and the last four of his career for the Denver Broncos. Johnson was also the first and so far only New Mexico State football player to have his jersey number retired. He would also see his name raised up into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame too. After his pro football career was over, Johnson returned to his alma mater and would become a professor of Chemical Engineering.
Cliff Olander – 1977 – Chargers – 5th Round
Cliff Olander was chosen in the 5th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He started one game during his rookie year and saw time mostly as a backup the next two seasons before his NFL career came to an end. Olander would later spend time coaching high school football.