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02/12/2006, 02:46 PM
Texas A&M Aggies
Former Aggie great Dat Nguyen to announce retirement
By John Onan ; 01/26/06

Former Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen is expected to announce his retirement from the NFL in the next week or two. Nguyen, the Aggies all-time leader in tackles, was a third-round draft choice by the Dallas Cowboys in 1999 and has played his whole career there.

In 2005, Nguyen's seventh season in the league, he was bothered by neck and knee injuries that forced him to miss eight games. He suffered a stinger in the third game of the year, which forced him out of the lineup for nearly a month, and he never fully recovered from the injury after his return to the lineup. Nguyen had been the Cowboys leading tackler three out of the four previous seasons.

After meeting with Cowboys coach Bill Parcells in November, it was decided that Nguyen would go on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2005 season, and it was rumored the Aggie great was contemplating retirement.

Despite being considered too undersized to play the linebacker position, Nguyen earned a scholarship to Texas A&M and became the leader of the Aggies "Wrecking Crew' defense. He was a four-year starter at A&M and received the Chuck Bednarik Award in 1998, which is given out by the Maxwell Club to honor college football's top defensive player.

What makes Dat Nguyen's story even more remarkable is the fact that he was born in a refugee camp after his Vietnamese parents fled the country following the fall of Saigon in 1975. Nguyen is a true testament to the toughness and grit that defines Texas A&M football.

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