|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 will be honored in 2014 as Richard Chapman, N.D. Kalu and Larry Izzo will have their jersey numbers worn by players from the same position this upcoming season.|
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 Line
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.
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