COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Ryan Swope can easily be called one of the best receivers to ever play at Texas A&M University.
"The one that sticks out to me the most is beating Alabama my senior year," said Swope.
Swope’s legacy is still intact. He’s A&M's all-time leader in receiving yardage and receptions.
"I am very fortunate to have played there on Kyle Field. I certainly miss it," said Swope.
Swope was drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL draft to the Arizona Cardinals.
"A lot of people told me know and a lot of people told me it wasn't possible. But you know, my dream came true. I wish it would have panned out a little differently. Unfortunately I had to hang it up due to too many head injuries," explained Swope.
Swope retired from the NFL before ever playing a game.
"I blame nobody but myself for how I played in college. I played a little more reckless. I didn't like running out of bounds. When the trainers tried to take my helmet away from me, I would run over and grab it off wherever the heck they were hiding," said Swope.
He never wanted to sit out, and that's part of why he had to hang it up earlier than he wanted, but Swope says he has no regrets.
"I've got a beautiful wife and a lot of support of friends, family."
Now, he's back in the Brazos Valley.
"I am doing residential and farm and ranch real estate back here in God's country, Aggieland, and I'm really enjoying it. I've been in real estate for three years now, " said Swope.
So during the week, you'll find him working away.
"I'm a people person, so I love sharing my story, but I also like hearing other people's stories. As you know, there are a ton of Aggies here in town, so it makes it very enjoyable for me to go out and do business with people in the Bryan-College Station area," explained Swope.
When he's not working, he takes every chance he gets to enjoy the outdoors.
"I'm a big outdoorsman, so whenever I have the opportunity, I like to go hunt, fish, play golf. Anything that can get me outside in God's country. I am usually trying to do it. and then just hanging it out with my wife," said Swope.
He loved his time playing for the Aggies, and there's no question he is glad to be back.
"The people that I see everyday and the smiling faces, it just feels right. I think Aggieland is definitely one of a kind and I'm so fortunate to be back," said Swope.