Rice Institute football player Huey Keeney
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football player Huey Keeney, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: A few men may have played football for Rice as skillfully as HUEY KEENEY (class of 1949). It is a good bet nobody ever had more fun on the gridiron than this product of Mount Pleasant who came to Rice as a 16-year-old freshman and was near the end of his fourth season as 1948 co-captain on his 20th birthday. Through of [sic] all of his career – from the glory of Rice’s 1947 Orange Bowl victory over Tennessee in which Keeney took a lateral from Carl “Buddy” Russ to score the touchdown that beat Tennessee, to his disappointment in missing the 1948 Baylor game where his punting and defense as co-captain might have turned the tide in averting the tie that perhaps cost Rice another bowl bid – Huey Keeney sparkled with quick feet and quicker quips. Twice in 1946, Keeney stood in the Rice end zone and punted across the other team’s end zone – 110 yards. He jokingly remembered the one against A&M, with “the wind in my face.” After the 1948 season, Keeney was tapped for pro football, winding up with the Cleveland Browns. He had the team made as defensive safety and punter but reinjured his ankle, ending his career. He came back to Houston to begin a successful career in the trucking industry. He also served as president of the “R” Association.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
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