Rice Institute Owls football player Hamilton J. Nichols, Jr.
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls football player Hamilton J. Nichols, Jr., class of 1947, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Rice’s first lineman to make AP All-American as a junior in 1944, on sea duty with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific against the Japanese in 1945, then back to Rice to play his part as a senior on one of the Owls’ greatest teams, the 1946 co-champions and Orange Bowl winners – that’s a bare-bones summary of the life and times as Rice of HAMILTON J. NICHOLS, JR., Class of 1947. There’s more – much more. He was one of the mainstays of the 1941 team that took then new Lamar High into the state play-off for the first time. After graduation H. J. played five years of top pro football, four with the Cardinals, then in Chicago and 1947 NFL champions. His last year in 1951 was with the Green Bay Packers. While he played pro football and worked for (First) City National Bank, H. J. took a night-school law degree. You might say H. J. was born for Rice greatness. His great-grandfather was General Ebenezer Nichols, early-day Houston capitalist who helped give William Marsh Rice the start that led to the $9 million fortune with which Rice endowed his namesake school. H. J. married the former Mary Louise Fant. H. J. is attorney for the Fidelity and Deposit Co. of Maryland, an American General associate. Saluting H. J.’s fine work of 1944 when he was team captain as well as All-American, the late Andy Anderson wrote in the Houston Press: “I think ‘Nick’s’ name should go on the list with other Rice grid greats, with the Wallaces, the McCauleys, the Tuffy Whitlows, the Moose Hartmans, the Percy Arthurs, the Eddie Dyers and so on.”
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