Rice University football player Courtney Hall # 56
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football player Courtney Hall, in scrimmage during a game, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: COURTNEY HALL (class of 1990) has always done things at a very young age. He graduated high school (as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist at Banning High in Wilmington, Calif.) at the tender age of 16. He began his senior season at Rice still a teenager, and despite having played in the NFL for one season in the meantime, came back to school to receive his degree in a double major of managerial studies and economics by age 21. And by age 27, he became one of the youngest people ever inducted in the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame when he joined the prestigious club in October, 1995. Rice has always had an outstanding tradition of offensive lineman, but Hall may end up being called the school’s greatest. A four-year letterman for the Owls from 1985-1988, he became one of the only Owls ever to start all 44 games in his career. He earned first-team all-SWC honors in both 1987 and 1988 and later became the school’s only representative on the conference all-decade team for the 1980’s. He joined fellow hall of fame members Weldon Humble and Wash Underwood as a two-time winner for the George Martin team MVP award, and also captured two George Brown Offense Awards during his playing days at Rice. Off the field, his quiet leadership and class helped him earn the American Airlines American Spirit Award in 1988. While Hall didn’t have the luxury of playing for some of the better Rice football teams, his immense talent did not go unnoticed by the NFL. After being invited to the Senior Bowl, he was drafted in the second round of the 1989 draft by the San Diego Chargers. He began starting for the Chargers at age 20 and was still a fixture in San Diego’s starting line-up seven years later at the time of his induction into the hall of fame. In addition to playing in the 1995 Super Bowl, Hall’s top professional honors include selection as an alternate to three NFL Pro-Bowl games (1991, 1992 and 1994). He also continued his reputation as an ironman, starting all but one NFL game his first seven NFL seasons, continuing a tradition that dated to junior high school (more than 170 straight starts until a biceps tear sidelined him in the fifth week of the 1994 season). At the time of his induction, Hall and his wife, Sally, lived in Poway, Calif.; and, he was seeing a masters in business administration at San Diego State, during the NFL offseason.
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