Rice Institute football and basketball player Don Suman
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football and basketball player Don Suman, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: DON SUMAN was destined to become a Rice great, but sustained a major knee injury early in his Rice career. He had come to Rice in 1939 after some fabulous exploits as a gridder and cager at Harlandale High in San Antonio, and a year at Schreiner Institute at Kerrville. Suman suffered the knee injury during his sophomore year in football. He balled back via rehabilitation to play basketball, but reinjured the knee against TCU and had to sit down again. Don volunteered as a U.S. Air Corps cadet in World War II, gimpy knee and all. But the service gave him an honorable discharge in 1944 via disability after he reinjured the knee in training. He returned to Rice in 1944, giving basketball another try as a walk-on. Led by Suman and 6-9 all-America Bill Henry, the Owls were 15-5 overall and won the conference title. After graduation in 1945 he went to Columbia to get a master’s degree. He returned to Houston in 1946 and accepted a post in the Rice physical education department. He soon switched to the athletic department, working a variety of jobs before being named basketball coach in 1949. Under Suman, Rice was a close second in the SWC in 1953, and then won the championship in 1954. After 10 successful years at Rice, Suman took a job with the then brand-new Houston Oilers. He was an aide to the president and the Oilers’ first VP and general manager. One final career change was as an executive with John L. Wortham and Son for fire and casualty insurance. He served 22 years to retirement in June, 1985.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
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