Rice Institute football player Gerald Weatherly
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football player Gerald Weatherly (number 56), accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Believe it or not, GERALD WEATHERLY played five years of top football for the Owls before he was 21 years old. His 21st birthday was Dec. 26 1949, just five days before the mighty 1949 SWC champion Owls defeated North Carolina in the Cotton Bowl, Weatherly serving as co-captain of that Owl team which went 10-1 and was ranked fifth in the country. Gerald was an all-conference linebacker in 1949. The 1948 team voted him the George Martin MVP. The five teams he played won 33 games, finishing as champions twice and never lower than third. Rangy and rough, “Bones” gained his nickname by hitting so hard he was in the trainer’s room constantly with injuries that he always miraculously shook off by Saturdays. As a 16-year-old freshman from Cuero High, Gerald hit the collegiate ground running, starring in his first game for Rice against Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, and playing 58 minutes as Rice upset Texas 7-6 in 1945. Gerald (class of 1950) later was a successful businessman in Houston and active in “R” Association affairs.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
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