Texas Tech has been noted for many things over the years. One category is famous alumni.

There are many notable people who've attended Texas Tech University and gone on to excel in politics, entertainment and professional sports. We pulled 10 -- some that you may know about, and some that might surprise you.

Specifically number 10.

[Source: Texas Tech University]

  • 1

    G.W. Bailey

    Although he didn't graduate, this Port Arthur native attended Texas Tech in 1966 and went on to act in successful television shows M.A.S.H., St. Elsewhere and The Closer, to name a few.


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  • 2

    Barry Corbin

    Barry graduated from Texas Tech in 1964 and starred in TV shows "Northern Exposure," "One Tree Hill," "Lonesome Dove" and more recently on "Modern Family" as Cam's Dad.

    Alberto E. Rodriguez
  • 3

    George Eads

    George graduated in 1990 and has been a key player in the "CSI" franchise.

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  • 4

    Pat Green

    This is common knowledge to many Lubbock residents. Pat graduated in 1997 and went on to gain national fame for such songs as "Wave on Wave."

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  • 5

    Susan Graham

    Susan Graham graduated from Texas Tech in 1983 and went on to become a famous Mezzo Soprano Opera performer on a world wide stage.

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  • 6

    Rick Husband

    Rick graduated in 1980 and went on to become a NASA astronaut and Commander of the STS-107 Columbia.

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  • 7

    Wes Welker

    Wes graduated from Texas Tech in 2003 and was a key player for the Red Raiders. He went on to play in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.

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  • 8

    Scott Pelley

    Scott Pelley worked locally at KLBK (CBS) in Lubbock and is now the CBS Evening News anchor.

    Stephen Lovekin
  • 9

    Sheryl Swoopes

    Swoopes played basketball during Marsha Sharps years as coach of the Lady Raiders and graduated in 1993. She went on to play in the WNBA for the Seattle Storm and won an Olympic gold medal.

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  • 10

    John Denver

    John Denver graduated in 1961 and went on to world wide fame as a singer, songwriter and actor, starring with George Burns in the "Oh God" movies and writing such hits as "Country Roads" and "Rocky Mountain High" before his untimely death in 1997.

    He was an avid pilot and died in a single-fatality crash of his own personal aircraft at the age of 53.

    Stephen Dunn