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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Texas Tech University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Texas Tech University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Texas Tech University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Texas Tech University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Texas Tech 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 Texas Tech University.

This list below has a variety of graduates, like Wes Welker and John Denver, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Texas Tech University?” and “Which celebrities are Texas Tech University alumni?”

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Colby Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Automobile designer Colby Donaldson is an American actor and television personality, best known as the runner-up on Survivor: The Australian Outback and as the host for the shows Top Shot and Top Guns.

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Pilot, Record producer, Poet Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

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Angela Braly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Angela Fick Braly is an American executive. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer for WellPoint, Inc., a large US-based health care company, and was a member of the company's board ...more

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Barry Corbin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Leonard Barrie Corbin, known as Barry Corbin, is an American actor with more than one hundred film, television and video game credits.

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Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Natalie Louise Maines Pasdar is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female alternative country band the Dixie Chicks. Born in Lubbock, ...more

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Nick Tredennick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Inventor Harry L. Tredennick is an American manager, inventor, VLSI design engineer and author who was involved in the development for Motorola's MC68000 and for IBM's Micro/370 microprocessors. ...more

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Paul Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Colonel Paul Scott "Paco" Lockhart is a former American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Lockhart, born and reared in Amarillo, Texas, earned degrees in ...more

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Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Basketball player Sheryl Denise Swoopes is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach of the women's basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. She was the first player to be signed ...more

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Johnny Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter John Michael Hardwick is a stand-up comedian and voice actor. He is best known as the voice of Dale Gribble in the animated American television show King of the Hill. He served as staff writer, ...more

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Lauro Cavazos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. is a U.S. educator and politician. He served as Secretary of Education, and was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet. A sixth-generation Texan, he was ...more

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George Eads is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting George Coleman Eads III, is an American actor, best known for his role as Nick Stokes on the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On November 25, 2014, it was announced that Eads ...more

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G.W. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Actor George William "G.W." Bailey is an American stage, television and film actor. Although he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his "crusty" comedic ...more

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John Hinckley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
John Warnock Hinckley, Jr., attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981, as the culmination of an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. ...more

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Charles Bassett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Astronaut Charles Arthur "Charlie" Bassett II, was an American electrical engineer and United States Air Force test pilot. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1963 and assigned to Gemini 9, ...more

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Rick Husband is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Astronaut Rick Douglas Husband was a United States Air Force Colonel, an astronaut, and the space shuttle commander of STS-107 who was killed when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's ...more

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Jeremy Polen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni

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Jim Marrs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist, Ufologist, Author Jim Marrs is an American former newspaper journalist and New York Times best-selling author of books and articles on a wide range of alleged cover ups and conspiracies. Marrs is a prominent ...more

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Jo Carr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Clergy, Writer Bettye Jo Crisler Carr was a preacher, a teacher, an author, a missionary, a mother of five, and a leader of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was an English professor at Texas Tech University in ...more

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Lane Crockett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist, Newspaper Lane Tyler Crockett is the retired entertainment writer and theater/arts critic of the Shreveport Times, the largest newspaper in north Louisiana. While he was at The Times, Gannett syndicated ...more

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Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Wesley Carter "Wes" Welker is an American football wide receiver and return specialist who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Texas Tech University and was ...more

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Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Zachary Michael Thomas is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for ...more

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Graham Harrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Graham Stanton Harrell is an American Football assistant coach for the Washington State Cougars and former American football and Canadian Football quarterback. He played college football at ...more

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Daniel Loper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Daniel Robert Loper is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Tech. He last played ...more

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John T. Smithee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Lawyer John True Smithee is an Amarillo attorney who has been the Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 86 in the Texas Panhandle since January 1985. Although Smithee ...more

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Waggoner Carr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Author, Lawyer Vincent Waggoner Carr was a Democratic Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and Attorney General of Texas.

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Jimmie Don Aycock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Veterinarian Jimmie Don Aycock is a semi-retired veterinarian, rancher, and businessman in Killeen who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives. He was elected in District 54 on November ...more

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Norman Igo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Businessperson, Civil engineer, Engineer

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Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Michael Alex Crabtree, Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders,of the National Football League. He played college football for Texas Tech University, where he was a ...more

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Sammy Morris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Samuel "Sammy" Morris III is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He ...more

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Shaud Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Shaud Rashae Williams is an American football running back for the West Texas Drillers. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at

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Dirk West is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist Gerald Glynn "Dirk" West was an editorial cartoonist and journalist from Lubbock, Texas most famous for his caricatures of collegiate mascots. He was born in Littlefield, Texas but his ...more

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Stephen Graham Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Writer Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author of experimental fiction, horror fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction. He shares a fan base with fellow authors Will Christopher ...more

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Emily Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Sports commentator Emily Jones McCoy is a television anchor and reporter for FSN. Jones graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. She covers Big 12 ...more

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Millard Hall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Millard Hall Journalist Millard Young "Jerry" Hall was a journalist and political consultant. He served as press secretary to Texas governor Preston Smith.

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Keyunta Dawson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Keyunta Dawson is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. ...more

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John Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer John Rice Carter is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 31st congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. Carter was elected Secretary of the House ...more

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Carl Isett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Businessperson, Politician Carl Hawkins Isett is a Certified Public Accountant from Lubbock, Texas, and a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in 1996, Isett announced on December ...more

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Jeff Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Earl Jeffrey Wentworth, known as Jeff Wentworth, is a Republican former member of the Texas Senate from San Antonio. He represented District 25 in the upper legislative chamber from January 1997 ...more

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Joselio Hanson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Joselio Hanson American football player Joselio Basilio Hanson is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He began his professional career by signing with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in ...more

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Joseph P. Heflin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Joseph Paul Heflin, known as Joe Heflin, is a departing Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 85 in the South Plains. He is the last Democrat to have represented ...more

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Montae Reagor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Montae Reagor American football player William Montae Reagor is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for nine seasons. He played college football for ...more

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Dylan Gandy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
American football player Dylan Colter Gandy is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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Timothy P. Marshall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Editor, Civil engineer, Engineer Timothy Patrick Marshall is an American structural engineer and meteorologist concentrating on damage analysis, particularly that from wind and other weather phenomena. He is also a pioneering ...more

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Scott Pelley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist Scott Cameron Pelley is an American television journalist who is anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and a correspondent for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes. Prior to his 60 ...more

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Mac Thornberry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer William McClellan Thornberry, known as Mac Thornberry, is the U.S. Representative from the Texas Panhandle. He has served since 1995, when the House seated its first Republican majority in forty ...more

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Ralna English is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Singer Ralna Eve English is an American-born singer who gained fame as half of the husband-and-wife singing duo of Guy & Ralna with then-husband Guy Hovis, both of whom were featured performers on ...more

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Charles Stenholm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician Charles Walter "Charlie" Stenholm, is a Democratic Party politician from the State of Texas. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives for 13 terms, from 1979 to ...more

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George H. O'Brien, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Sailor George Herman O'Brien, Jr. was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor, the United States's highest military decoration, for his actions during the Korean War.

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Susan Graham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Singer Susan Graham is an American mezzo-soprano.

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Bob Bullock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Texas Tech University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Robert Douglas Bullock, Sr., known as Bob Bullock, was a Democratic politician from Texas, whose career spanned four decades. His service culminated in his term as the 38th Lieutenant Governor ...more