Rice University has a long and storied college football history. The Rice Owls have a strong following in their region and for a very good reason. The school has sent more than 70 players to the NFL over the years. Here are some interesting facts about the football players Rice University has sent to the NFL.
-No former Rice University football player has scored more touchdowns in the NFL than hall of famer Don Maynard who is credited with 88 regular season touchdowns.
-The tallest player ever drafted into the NFL from Rice was center Bill Blackburn who stood at 6′ 6″ tall when he was taken in the 5th round of the 1944 draft. As far as the shortest Rice player ever drafted into the NFL, there have been two players selected in the draft that measured in at 5′ 10″ tall, guard John Magee in 1945 and wide receiver Bert Emanuel in 1994.
-Don Maynard played more seasons in the NFL, 15, than any other former Rice football player.
-No Rice football players have played in more NFL Pro Bowls than Billy Howton and Don Maynard who each appeared in four Pro Bowls during their career.
-The highest any Rice Owls football player has been taken in the NFL Draft was with the first pick in the first round. This was done in 1958 when the Chicago Cardinals selected Rice quarterback King Hill number one overall.
-Don Maynard played in more NFL games, 186, than any other former Rice University football player.
Notable players who played college football at Rice University and then went on to the NFL include Bert Emanuel, Earl Cooper, Michael Downs, Darryl Grant, Courtney Hall, Donald Hollas, Larry Izzo, Tommy Kramer, Don Maynard, Tobin Rote, and Frank Ryan.