Where are they now? Bubba Bean

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Bubba Bean suited up for Texas A&M University from 1972 to 1975 and, like many Aggies, one of his favorite memories involves beating the Longhorns.

"A guy by the name of Raymond Clayborn who played with the New England Patriots for a long time. He and I got into a little confrontation on the one yard line and I still think I scored. He says I didn't and they called it on the one yard line and we wound up beating them 20-10," said Bean.

Bean led the team in rushing yards from his sophomore year on and racked up All-Conference honors in 1974 and 75.

"I met a lot of friends while I was here, a lot of people I talk to now and kinda still stay in contact with but A&M was probably the best selection I could have made," said Bean.

Bubba finished his career at A&M with 2,846 rushing yards, which still ranks in the top ten in school history. In 1976 he was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons.

But the NFL wasn't easy on Bean.

"When you would get dinged in the head, it was almost considered a right of passage. You had't played until that's happened," explained Bean.

He retired from the NFL in 1982 and while he says he's thankful for his playing time, he's reminded each day of the toll it's taking on him.

"You will pay the price if you play the game long enough. Whether it's surgeries, which I've had a bunch, to the concussion protocol that a lot of us are about to go through. A lot of times I wonder if I've forgotten where I put my keys if it's because I am 63 or if it is because I had some concussion some time ago," said Bean.

Despite the injuries, Bubba owned a local construction company for years and still enjoys working.

"I still do a lot of remodel work. I do one or two houses a year when I feel like it, but that's my passion now," said Bean.

These days, Bubba also works for the City of Bryan as a Neighborhood and Youth outreach coordinator.

"The rewarding part for me is if you can just expose someone to something that gives them another alternative, another way out, or another option, that to me is worth it," explained Bean.

Bubba also says he spends more time with his family and has become a self proclaimed golf-aholic.

On July 22nd, 2017 Bubba is hosting his first youth football camp through the City of Bryan.

The camp is free to attend, but you have to register on the City of Bryan website. Bubba says the camp will teach both football and life skills.

There is a link to the sign-up under the related links section of this story.