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NMSU Will Retire Former Aggie Pervis Atkins’ Jersey Number

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former Aggie football star will be honored during halftime ceremonies of Saturday night’s game against Texas-El Paso

New Mexico State University will retire the jersey number of Pervis Atkins on Saturday, marking only the second time in 114 years of NMSU football that a jersey number will be retired, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

Atkins wore jersey number 27 when he played halfback, flanker and placekicker for the Aggies from 1958 to 1960, according to the newspaper. His number will be retired during halftime ceremonies at Saturday night’s game against Texas-El Paso at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces.

Atkins will join Charley Johnson as the only NMSU players to have their jersey numbers retired. Johnson, whose number was 33, also played for the Aggies from 1958 to 1960, the newspaper reported.

The Sun-News said Atkins was an Associated Press first team All-American in 1960 and was the leading rusher in college football in 1959. During his three seasons as an Aggie, he averaged 8.1 yards per carry, which is still a school record. After college, he played professionally for six seasons.

Atkins will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Dec. 8 in New York, the newspaper reported. The College Football Hall of Fame is in South Bend, Ind.

Atkins, 73, now lives in Los Angeles.