Reue will switch from #77 to #73 to honor Dr. Leland Winston, while defensive tackle Mouchantaf will switch from #92 to #97 to honor Jeff Rose. This is the fourth season the Owls have honored their past players in this fashion.
Winston was a two-sport athlete at Rice, competing in both football and track. He was a two-time All-Southwest Conference lineman and was elected by his teammates as winner of the George Martin Award for being the most valuable player on the team. He was selected by the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Draft , but elected to attend UT Medical School in Galveston instead of playing professional football. He earned his M.D. degree in Galveston and then finished an internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas, Houston.
A native of Wharton, Texas, Dr. Winston has been performing successful total joint replacements for over 25 years, and continues to involve the most leading-edge devices, techniques and therapies into his practice. He is on staff at Methodist Hospital specializing in treatment for arthritis, arthroscopic surgery, ACL reconstruction, hip, knee and shoulder replacement, and sports-related injuries in addition to serving his alma mater as the head team physician for Rice Athletics while serving .
Rose was a three-year letterman and senior co-captain in 1976 as a defensive lineman for the Owls and was presented the Jess Neely Award for defensive linemen as a senior. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent and attended training camp. He then began a career in banking as a national bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In 1984 he became Texas' first African-American president of a major holding company bank when Texas Commerce Bank -- Greenway Plaza (now JPMorgan Chase) promoted him and also named him to its board of directors.
He currently serves as the Risk Management Officer and Director of Credit Review for the Banc of California. A life member of the Owl Club, has been an active member of the "R" Association, served on the ARA board from 1984 to 1987, lent his efforts to the Association of Rice University Black Alumni and was president of the ARA from 2005 to 2006. He was named to the Rice Board of Trustees in 2007.
The Rice Honor Jersey program was begun in 2012 by head coach David Bailiff in order to connect the current group of Rice players with the history of the program during the celebration of the Rice Centennial. A total of nine past greats have been honored by having current players switch to their numbers: Bucky Allshouse, Rodrigo Barnes, O.J. Brigance, Richard Chapman, King Hill, Larry Izzo, N.D. Kalu, Mike Tyler and Stahle Vincent.
Winston and Rose will be honored again at a home game this fall.