Carl Luna

Carl Luna was a starting tackle for the 1958 Texas A&M football team as a senior, after earning a letter award a year earlier with the 1957 team. The 1958 Aggies broke 13 school records and tied two others, but lacked strong bench support and posted only four victories. The same lack of squad depth had been the undoing of the legendary Paul (Bear) Bryant's 1957 A&M team, which was led by two All-Americans. Carl was one of the 15 Aggies who did most of the playing for A&M, which was undefeated and ranked number one in the country through the eighth game of the season, but narrowly lost its last two games. Carl and his 1957 A&M teammates were invited to play Tennessee in the Gator Bowl, but lost to the Volunteers, 3 to 0. Carl had been recruited by Coach Bryant to play at A&M, following his senior year of play for the 1954 Garland High School Owls. Competing in Class AAA for only the second year, the Owls completed their 10-game regular season without a blemish, but lost to eventual state champion, Breckenridge in bi-district play. Team co-captain, Carl, a starting guard throughout his high school playing days and the leading interior lineman for Garland, was named to the all-district first team. He also was selected on the all-state second team named by the Texas Sports Writers Association and received All-Greater Dallas recognition. Carl subsequently was selected to play in the 1955 North-South All-Star Game of the Texas High School Coaches Association. In 1984, he was recognized as a member of the All-Time Garland Football Team announced by The Garland News.