A pair of top players in Yellow Jackets history has been honored by Georgia sports organization as a member of its hall of fame.
Teixeira, who played at Georgia Tech from 1999-2001, was prolific in just two full seasons in Atlanta, while Johnson played on the Flats from 2004-2006 and turned heads on a national level.
Teixeira’s junior season was shortened by a broken ankle, giving him just 16 games to finish his career in 2001, but in his career, the Baltimore, Maryland native hit .387 as a freshman, and .427 as a sophomore and finished his career with a .409 batting average, which was third in Tech history.
In 1999, Teixeira National Rookie of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year, second-team All-America and was a member of the All-ACC first team. For the 2000 season, he was named National Player of the Year, Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-America, first-team Academic All-America and earned first-team All-ACC honors.
Teixeira’s college numbers caught enough attention to make him the fifth overall pick in the 2001 MLB draft, selected by the Texas Rangers.
During his 14-year MLB career, Teixeira played for the Rangers, Braves, Angels, and Yankees, compiling over 400 home runs, just shy of 1,300 RBI and nearly 1,900 hits as a first baseman.
Teixeira was a three-time all-star, won five Gold Glove’s, three Silver Sluggers, and was the A.L. home run and RBI leader in 2009, winning a World Series with the Yankees that season.
Calvin Johnson was a three-time first team All-ACC selection, a two-time first-team All-American (2005-2006), the 2006 ACC Player of the Year, and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wideout that same season.
In his three year career at Tech, Johnson racked up 2,927 receiving yards and 29 total touchdowns. He averaged over 16 yards per reception for the Jackets.
Johnson was the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, landing with the Lions where he played nine seasons where he was a perennial statistical leader in various categories. In January he was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2018 class in his first year of eligibility.
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on February 23 in Macon, Georgia.