The weekend to give praise and honor to a trio of Aggie football greats is upon us. The Legends weekend for NMSU football will see Pervis Atkins, Walt Williams and Denvis Manns receive NMSU’s highest honor for gridiron play.
Atkins was an all purpose back who starred not only at NMSU but in the NFL as well. He traveled with college mate Danny Villanueva to the Los Angeles Rams in 1961 to play for pay at the top level of the sport. Atkins was not only a dangerous running back, rushing for 237 yard against
Williams was such a dominant force in the defensive secondary that he was selected for inclusion in the Ring of Honor with only two years on the field for the Aggies. A junior college transfer, Williams was the definition of a stopper when the other team tried to move the ball down his side of the field. Like Atkins, Williams starred first for the Detroit Lions and then the Chicago Bears in the NFL. His post-NFL career has led him to the restaurant business in
The third inductee was the third man in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in every year he played Division I football. Manns was a late signee for head coach Jim Hess out of
It will be great to get all of the Aggies back this weekend around the campfire. These Legends weekend are vital to our Aggie heritage, so borrow a phrase from another great Aggie Bill Stephens, these weekends are, “so the future will know,” about NMSU’s tradition.