Rice Institute Owls football player Carl F. "Buddy" Russ
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls football player Carl F. "Buddy" Russ, class of 1947, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: It was a privilege for Rice University to honor a splendid graduate in the fall of ’78 with membership in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. It was regretful that only a few months later “Buddy” Russ unexpectedly passed away, but his family and friends are appreciative that he was able to receive his honor in person. Russ was a tremendously tough runner as a fullback for the Jess Neely coached Owl teams of 1944, 1946, and 1947. He was All-SWC on the terrific ’46 club that won an SWC co-title and whipped Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. That was quite an honor while playing in the company of such all-time SWC stars as SMU’s Doak Walker, Texas’ Bobby Layne, Arkansas’ Clyde Scott, and Buddy’s Owl teammate, Huey Keeney. Russ was a native of Houston, and played high school ball under the noted late Coach Ed Duggan of Lamar (father of the prominent actor Andrew Duggan). He then enrolled at Rice, the alma mater of his mother, so he was a “second generation” Owl booster. In addition to his grid exploits for Rice, Buddy was a city of Houston sports celebrity and even had national notices for abilities as a super softball pitcher. It is noteworthy that in 1953, several years after college days but still active in softball top level competition, Buddy was stricken with polio. Amazingly, within a year despite some handicaps from the illness, he was back as a top softball hurler and played for many more years. Russ and wife Nelda had three sons, a daughter, and he enjoyed a charming 4-year-old granddaughter in his final years. After Rice days, Buddy was a fine business executive and engineer who served as plant manager and supervisor for Southline Metal Products of Houston, and he and the family owned and operated a motel in the popular fishing resort of Rockport, where Mrs. Russ and the youngest son now reside.
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