Rice University Owls football player Rufus King
Black and white photograph of Rice University Owls football player Rufus King, class of 1961, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Rufus and Boyd, prominent members of the outstanding Owl team of 1960 that represented Rice University in the Sugar Bowl game of January 1, 1961, played before 80,000 fans and millions of TV viewers. Rufus played guard and Boyd played center side by side from their years at Abilene High as members of three consecutive AAAA state championship teams, 1954-55-56, and through their years at Rice. Rufus (the elder by a year) was chosen on All-Southwest Conference teams both in 1959 and 1960, and he was honored with a place on the Academic All-SWC team of 1959. After the 1960 campaign when the Owls took a 7-3 season record and second place in the tough SWC to the Sugar Bowl, Rufus was named to the 1960 All-American team by Eastman Kodak Company. He topped off a memorable season as a senior by playing in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu, in January of ’61, and later played in the first annual Coaches’ All-American game at Buffalo, New York in June. Rufus was born November 16, 1938 in Abilene, where his father was well known as the county tax assessor-collector for many years. After his graduation from Rice in 1961, Rufus joined the Aetna Life Insurance Company as a group insurance sales representative. In 1968 he started his own agency, which he still operates as an insurance broker in Houston. He married the former Johnnie Mills of Pasadena in 1963. The Kings have a daughter, Jennifer, and two sons, Geoffrey and Jonathan. The Kings are active members of the First Baptist Church of Houston. Rufus is a former president of the “R” Association of Owl letterman [sic] and is now on its Board of Directors.
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