Rice Institute Owls football player Kenny Paul #60
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls football player Kenny Paul, class of 1955, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: In all Rice grid history it is improbable that any Owl player competed with more total intensity and effort than this small but dynamic guard of the 1953 Southwest Conference co-title and Cotton Bowl winning Rice Institute Owls. Kenny Paul was a fantastically motivated player who gave inspired leadership as the solo captain of the 1954 club. He is now Kenneth A. Paul, attorney, business man and farmer. After graduation from Rice, Class of ’55, he was on active duty for the U.S. Navy as an officer for two years, and then went through UT School of Law as did his wife Mary Beth, who also practices law in Houston. At this writing in 1980 the couple had three daughters, with the oldest at S.M.U, one at Kenny’s high school alma mater of Lamer, and the youngest at River Oaks Baptist Church School. So much for the basic facts of the Paul family; we now concentrate on the impressive gridiron career for Kenny as one of the finest players to serve in the 27-year reign of Jess Neely as head coach and Joe Davis as line coach of the Rice Owls, 1940-1966. He came to Rice Institute from Lamar High, near the campus, but most experts doubted his chance for stardom. Although a star and fine captain as a Lamar Redskin, he was only 5-10 and probably fibbed a bit to claim he was 180. Yet, Kenny became twice All-SWC and was credited with a key role in Dick Maegle becoming an All-American and Hall of Fame player as a key blocker for his many spectacular runs. It was noteworthy in a year when Maegle was consensus All-American, his teammates voted Kenny Paul as the 1954 club George Martin Award as the MVP, and Maegle was the first to congratulate him for that significant honor. Paul was born in California, but grew up in Houston and still maintains his home here, but also has property and does a lot of business in the Wharton area. He was a fiery leader who played to the hilt, and despite his lack of size, he was outstanding not only as a blocker, but in those two platoon days he held his own defensively against far bigger foes. Kenny Paul – a superb leader and an all-time great Rice Owl gridder from the memorable Neely-Davis era.
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