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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Sam Houston State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Sam Houston State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Sam Houston State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Sam Houston State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Sam Houston State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Sam Houston State University.

List features graduates like Richard Linklater and Dan Rather.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Sam Houston State University?” and “Which celebrities are Sam Houston State University alumni?”

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Dan Rather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Television producer
Daniel Irvin "Dan" Rather, Jr. is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan ...more

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Charlie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Politician
Charles Nesbitt "Charlie" Wilson was a United States naval officer and former 12-term Democratic United States Representative from Texas's 2nd congressional district. Wilson is best ...more

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Richard Linklater is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer
Richard Stuart Linklater is an American film director and screenwriter. He is known for the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused, the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset ...more

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Marcus Luttrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Soldier, Author
Marcus Luttrell is a former United States Navy SEAL, who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in June 2005 facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings. Luttrell was a ...more

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Thaksin Shinawatra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Police officer
Thaksin Shinawatra is a Thai business tycoon turned politician. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Prime Minister of Thailand. The former police officer founded the mobile phone operator Advanced Info ...more

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Billy Gillispie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach
Billy Clyde Gillispie, also known by his initials BCG, is an American college basketball coach who is the current men's basketball head coach at Ranger College. Gillispie has previously been ...more

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Walt Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Referee, American Football Official
Dr. Walt Anderson is an American football official in the National Football League since the 1996 NFL season. Anderson spent his first seven seasons in the NFL as a line judge before being ...more

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Keith Heinrich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Keith Heinrich American football player
Keith Charles Heinrich is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Sam Houston State. ...more

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Keith Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Keith Lamont Davis is a former American football safety, who played for the Dallas Cowboys. On the field, he made most of his impact on special teams. He played college football at Sam Houston

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Phillip Wellman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Manager
Phillip Lane Wellman, is an American professional baseball coach and manager. He is the 2014 manager of the Arkansas Travelers, Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major ...more

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Rhett Bomar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Rhett Matthew Bomar is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of ...more

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Ralph Ruthstrom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Ralph David Ruthstrom was an American football running back and defensive back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Rams, and the Los Angeles Rams. ...more

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Dustin Long is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Dustin Long American football player
Dustin Dakota Long is a former American football quarterback for Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University. He played briefly for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Long is the son of Kim ...more

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Tim Denton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Timothy Jerome Denton, Sr. is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the San Diego Chargers. Denton was born in Galveston, ...more

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Josh McCown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Joshua Treadwell McCown is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2002 NFL ...more

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Michael Bankston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Michael Bankston is a former Defensive Tackle / Defensive End who played nine seasons in the National Football League. Bankston played for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals. ...more

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Garry Kimble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Garry Kimble American football player
Garry Lynn Kimble is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Sam Houston State University and was drafted ...more

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Guido Merkens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Guido Albert Merkens, Jr. is a former professional American football player who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punter and Defensive Back for ten seasons for the Houston Oilers, ...more

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Roger Creager is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Songwriter, Singer
Roger Creager is a Texas Country singer and songwriter.

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Michael Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
Michael Malone (born 1971) is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Cecil J. Picard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Politician
Cecil J. Picard was the appointed Louisiana state superintendent of education from 1996 until his death in 2007, which followed a 21-month fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. Picard also served ...more

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D. D. Terry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
American football player
D. D. Terry is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Sam Houston. Terry was also a ...more

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Jimmy Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Jimmy Hill American football player
Jimmy "Iron Claw" Hill is a retired American professional football player for the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Lions in the National Football League. He ended his ...more

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James Surls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
James Surls Sculptor, Artist
James Surls is an American modernist artist. He earned a BS from Sam Houston State University and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1998, he moved from Splendora, Texas to Carbondale, ...more

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Lyda Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Sam Houston State University Alumni
Lyda N. Green is a retired educator and Republican politician in the U.S. state of Alaska. Green, as a political newcomer, was elected to the Alaska Senate in 1994, defeating a 22-year ...more