by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org) -
Chase Clement, who demolished every Rice passing record during a glittering career from 2005-08, will be one of five standouts honored by the Texas Bowl as members of the 2017 class of Gridiron Legends.
Clement will join Cliff Branch, the late Emory Bellard, Lawrence Elkins and Casey Hampton in pregame ceremonies prior to the 2017 Texas Bowl, which will be played on December 27 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Clement will be returning to the field where he concluded his spectacular career by earning MVP honors while leading Rice to a 38-21 win over Western Michigan in the 2008 Texas Bowl. He threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, ran for one and caught a pass from Jarett Dillard to account for the Owls final touchdown in the victory.
After Dillard connected to Clement, the pair returned to more familiar roles later in the game as Clement found Dillard on a 19-yard scoring strike to extend their NCAA record of touchdowns by a duo to 51. The win was the Rice's first bowl win in more than 50 years and allowed the Owls to finish with a 10-3 record, their second 10-win season in school history and receive eight votes in the final AP poll.
Clement was named the MVP of Conference USA after throwing for 4,119 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior and he graduated with C-USA records for both touchdown passes (99) and total touchdowns (125).
He holds 21 Rice records including career completions (832), attempts (1,387), yards (9,785) and total offense (11, 536).
Clement was not drafted after college but continued to pursue his professional dreams by playing for three seasons in the United Football League (UFL) with the Las Vegas Locomotives, earning MVP honors in the 2010 title game and leading the team back to the championship game the following year.