24 Dec

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Texas Football: Players Share Thoughts on Mack Brown

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After an amazing career as the head football coach at The University of Texas, Mack Brown's decision to step down sent shock waves through all of college sports.

One of just two active coaches in the nation to reach the 225-victory plateau, Brown is in his 16th season at UT with a mark of 158-47 (.771). His victory total with the Longhorns is second only to legendary coach Darrell K Royal (167-47-5 record from 1957-76).

Brown, the 2008 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year and the 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year, elevated the Longhorn program to new heights.

He led Texas to the 2005 BCS National Championship, an appearance in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game and two other BCS bowl wins. The 2005 Paul W. "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year award winner and coach of the 2005 BCS National Champions, Brown steps aside as one of a handful of coaches in college football history to lead two separate programs to a top five national finish (also North Carolina).

In this video (below) by The University of Texas Athletics, Texas football players talk about why Mack Brown was pivotal in their success and his roll in their lives.

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.