Ray Childress was an All-State and All-America lineman at Richardson Pearce High School. Childress was a key component in helping Coach Jackie Sherrill rebuild at Texas A&M. Piling up 360 tackles, 26 sacks and nine fumble recoveries during his career (1981-1984), he was a two-time All-America selection at defensive lineman for the Aggies. Childress currently ranks fifth in all-time tackles and sacks at A&M. In 1999, he was honored as a member of 12th Man Magazine's Texas A&M All-Time Team. Childress continued his success in the NFL with the Houston Oilers as a defensive tackle from 1985-1995. He was voted to play in five Pro Bowls and finished his career ranked second on the Oilers all-time sack list and sixth on the team's all-time tackle list. Childress also had 13 career multi-sack games with the Oilers. Other post-football honors include having his Ray Childress Auto Group named GM's Dealer of the Year in 2004, winning the Chevrolet Genuine Leader Award and being listed among the Top 100 Dealers in the U.S. by Automotive News in 2003. Since the mid 1990's he and his wife Kara have been actively involved in the Childress Foundation Academy to benefit the youth of Houston. Childress is a member of the TSHOF Class of 2007.