Rice Football Honor Jerseys

Rice Football Honor Jerseys
The program began in 2012 as a way for the Owls to embrace the program's rich history and for current players to learn about past Rice greats. In its first year, the program honored 1957 All-America King Hill and Rice's career tackles leader, O.J. Brigance. In 2013, the program's first African-American players (Rodrigo Barnes, Mike Tyler, Stahle Vincent)were recognized alongside their recruiting visit host, 1970 team MVP Bucky Allshouse. Three more all-time Rice greats were honored in 2014 as Richard Chapman, N.D. Kalu and Larry Izzo saw their jersey numbers worn by players from the same position all season long.
26 - King Hill
Worn by Turner Petersen, Running Back

Hill earned All-America honors in 1957 after leading Rice to a Southwest Conference title and a berth in the Cotton Bowl. His defining moment that season came when leading Rice to a 7-6 upset over No. 1 ranked Texas A&M at Rice Stadium. Hill intercepted a pair of passes, scored all seven of the Owls' points and his punting continued to pin the heavily favored Aggies deep in their own end of the field. After his senior year, the Chicago Cardinals made Hill the first overall selection in the 1958 NFL Draft.

He played 11 seasons in the NFL and then went on to a successful 17-year run as an offensive coordinator with the Houston Oilers (1970-80) and New Orleans Saints (1981-86). He joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986 to coordinate their scouting in the Western United States and Canada before retiring in 1992. After his retirement from the NFL, he went into private business, most recently serving as the Director of Marketing for several area golf courses.

57 - O.J. Brigance
Worn by Cameron Nwosu, Linebacker

Brigance overcame the perception of being undersized as a player to become Rice's career leader in tackles and a two-time All-Southwest Conference linebacker for the Owls. He earned his first All-SWC honor despite playing most of the year with a broken hand. Despite his accomplishments on the field, he was undrafted after college and began his pro career in the Canadian Football League where he quickly became a standout and won a Grey Cup Championship with the Baltimore Stallions in 1995. He eventually earned his chance in the NFL, making his debut with the Miami Dolphins in 1996. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001 and earned a Super Bowl ring when the team won Super Bowl XXXV.

After he retired as a player, Brigance joined the Raven's front office as Director of Player Development and was twice honored by the NFL for his programs to help fellow players with all aspects of managing their career and post-career plans.

When he was diagnosed with ALS, Brigance immediately set out to work on research and a cure for the disease, partnering with the Johns Hopkins University Packard Center for ALS Research and becoming their ALS ambassador. As the honorary chair of the Fiesta 5K run four times (2008-11), Brigance saw the event raise $800,000 for research. He also established his own foundation, the Brigance Brigade Fund (brigancebrigade.org), which raises awareness and money for ALS research and patient services.

12 - Stahle Vincent
Worn by Charles Ross, Running Back

Vincent completed 51 percent of his passes and threw for 556 yards while breaking the Southwest Conference color barrier at quarterback in 1969. He moved to running back in 1970 and ranks 14th on the Rice career chart with 1,675 yards. He earned All-SWC honors and was named Rice's Most Valuable Player in 1971.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1972.

24 - Mike Tyler
Worn by Paul Porras, Safety

Tyler and Rodrigo Barnes were rivals in high school while growing up in Waco, but they joined together to become defensive stalwarts at Rice. Mike was the first in his class among the 2013 three honorees to sign with Rice and went on to earn All-SWC honors.

He was later drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1972.

40 - Bucky Allshouse
Worn by Gabe Baker, Safety

Allshouse was an All SWC selection as a defensive back and won the George Martin award as the Owls' MVP in 1970 before going into a career in law and serving on the Rice Board of Trustees.

90 - Rodrigo Barnes
Worn by Cody Bauer, Defensive End

Rodrigo Barnes earned All SWC and All-America honors as a defensive end and linebacker at Rice who went on to play four seasons in the NFL.

He was drafted by Dallas in 1983 and went on to win a Super Bowl championship with Oakland in 1976.

1 - N.D. Kalu
Worn by Christian Covington, Defensive Tackle

Kalu terrorized opposing quarterbacks for four seasons in the early 1990s, earning All Southwest and All WAC honors and helping lead the Owls to a memorable win over Texas and a share of the 1994 Southwest Conference title. He completed his career as the Owls career and single season record holder for sacks.

Kalu played for 12 seasons in the NFL, concluding his career as a member of the Houston Texans.

26 - Larry Izzo
Worn by James Radcliffe, Linebacker

Izzo was only the third linebacker to win the George Martin Award as the Owls MVP, taking home the honor in 1995 and he went on to an All Pro career as a special teams star in the NFL.

Izzo played in four Super Bowls and won three rings while a member of the New England Patriots and added a fourth ring as a coach with the New York Giants.

78 - Richard Chapman
Worn by Nico Carlson, Offensive Lineman

Chapman was a dominant lineman for the Owls in the early 1950 and an equally dominant student in the classroom. He was a two-time, All-Southwest Conference selection and a member of the Owls 1954 Cotton Bowl Champions and was the 13th selection in the first round of the 1954 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He was also a member of the first two CoSIDA Academic All-America teams and his desire to continue his studies prompted him to turn down the Lions and return to Rice for post-graduate studies.

He received his PhD in nuclear physics in 1957 and went on to a distinguished career with General Electric and Texas Instruments, working on projects as varied as visible light emitting displays, infrared detector arrays for night vision and shrinking the dimensions of transistors to permit the development of digital wristwatches, calculators, computers and cellular phones.

73 - Leland Winston
Worn by Andrew Reue, Offensive Lineman

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 .

97 - Jeff Rose
Worn by Stuart Mouchantaf, Defensive Lineman

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.

17 - David Houser
Worn by Zach Wright, Wide Receiver

Houser graduated from Rice as the Owls career leader in receiving (152), receiving yards (2,358) and receiving touchdowns (18) and he currently ranks sixth in receptions, third in yards and touchdowns. He holds the Owls' single game reception record with 14, set on the road at Florida in 1976.

58 - Donald Bowers
Worn by Emmanuel Ellerbee, Linebacker

Bowers was a three-year starter at linebacker alongside Brigance for the Owls and was the team's third-leading tackling in both 1988 & 89. While completing his degree at Rice he served a student intern in the Research group of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and began working there after graduation. He was named vice president of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Houston Branch in 2015. He is past president of the Association of Rice Alumni.

73 - Ray Alborn
Worn by Peter Godber, Offensive Lineman

Alborn was a starting offensive lineman on the first back-to-back bowl teams in school history (1961 Sugar Bowl and 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl) and served as a team captain in 1961. After 10-year stint as a high school coach, he returned to Rice as an assistant under Al Conover in 1971 and in 1978 he became Rice's first homegrown head coach when he succeeded Homer Rice. He coached the Owls from 1978-1983 and later coached at Lamar from 1986-90.

45 - Trevor Cobb
Worn by Samuel Stewart, Running Back

Cobb was the first Owl to win one of college football's major individual awards Cobb was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award in 1991 as the nation's top running back. He was a consensus All-American in 1991 and went on to be named the 1992 Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He completed his career ranked second on the SWC career rushing list with 4,948 yards, which ranked eighth on the NCAA career list at that time and now ranks 22nd in NCAA history. In addition to his career rushing total, Cobb holds Rice season and career marks for rushing attempts (306/1,091), and all-purpose yards (1,844/6,512) in addition to the career mark for rushing touchdowns (38).

96 - Matt Sign
Worn by Zach Abercrumbia, Defensive Tackle

Sign twice earned All Southwest Conference honors at nose guard despite his 5-10, 220 pound frame. He led Rice linemen in tackles in each of his four seasons and he ranks fifth on the Rice career chart with 36 tackles for loss and sixth with 14 sacks. He won the Lipscomb Award in 1989 as the Outstanding Freshman and shared the first "Bloody Joe" Davis Award in 1991. A sport management major, worked for Florida Citrus Sports (FCS) which produced the Champs Sports Bowl and the Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game and in 2005 he was named the Chief Operating Officer of the National Football Foundation. Junior defensive tackle Preston Gordon will wear Sign's No. 99 this year.

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