COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Rich Coady was a key player in the famed Texas A&M Wrecking Crew defense, and he will tell you, it's something he worked hard to be part of.
"I chose A&M. A&M didn't choose me. I walked on at A&M. I loved the school. I loved the atmosphere. I loved the college game day that A&M had. They gave me a chance to come here and go to school and walk on the football team and that's all I really wanted," explained Coady.
As a walk-on, it wasn't always easy to stay motivated. In fact, he wanted to hang up the shoulder pads more than once during his college career.
"When people asked me what I wanted to do for my career, it was always football. I am sure most people kind of looked at and laughed and there were probably times where I laughed myself and thought that it wasn't realistic," said Coady.
Coady didn't quit. He wound up becoming Texas A&M's starting safety and earned a scholarship. One of his favorite games he played at Kyle Field was a 28-21 win over Nebraska in 1998.
"To us, they were the high water mark and if we could beat them, we knew our season would be special," said Coady.
That season was special. The Aggies were Big 12 champions Coady's senior year.
He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 1999 and won a Super Bowl in 2000. Rich suited up for seven NFL seasons, but now his playbook looks a little different.
Coady is now one of the owners of Stillwater Capital, a real estate investment firm.
"There's three of us. Me and two other Aggies. We currently have two projects in College Station that are dedicated student housing projects, which is pretty cool to be able to come back here and build stuff and be part of the town again," explained Coady.
His work keeps him busy, but family is most important for Rich.
"If I'm not working with my friends, I am usually with my family coaching or watching sports and dance recitals and everything else you can imagine," said Coady.
From walk-on to Super Bowl champ, Coady's story is proof of why you don't give up.
"The one way you can assure yourself of never achieving your dreams is to quit. If it's important to you, don't quit, you'll find a way. Fortunately for me, I did," said Coady.
The two student housing projects Coady is working on in College Station should be finished by the summer of 2018. On one of the projects, he's partnering with Rex Tucker, another A&M football player who was also drafted in 1999.