Katy's Cullen Gillaspia Makes History as A&M's First '12th Man' Drafted by NFL


APRIL 28, 2019

By Veronica Miko

On Saturday, Taylor High School graduate, Cullen Gillaspia, made history becoming the first Texas A&M 12th Man to be drafted into the NFL.

Katy-grown Cullen Gillaspia’s dreams came true when the Houston Texans drafted him with their final pick in the 7th round (220th overall). The future Texans fullback is 6′ 2″ and weights 236 pounds.

Staying in Texas

Gillaspia expressed his excitement in a tweet after being drafted: "Couldn’t be happier! Ready to get to work! I’m staying home Houston!"

J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Texans, welcomed his fellow walk-on in message after the draft occurred. Watt was a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin before being drafted by the Texans.

In a press conference, Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien talked about the team’s new addition.

“We’ll start him off on offense as a fullback and he was an excellent special teams player there (and) also was a 12th Man at Texas A&M. I think everybody understands what that means there,” O’Brien said.

The Houston Texans tweeted a welcome message to Gillaspia as well.