Rice Institute football player Frank Ryan
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football player Frank Ryan, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: FRANK RYAN (class of 1958) was paired with King Hill by coach Jess Neely to give Rice one of collegiate football’s greatest quarterbacking duos. Ryan was the rapier to Hill’s mighty broadsword for three years, climaxing with the 1957 SWC championship. When defenses overshifted to stop the Hill power, Neely could change pace with Ryan’s slashing running and pinpoint passing. Against the number-one ranked Aggies, Frank moved the Owls 78 yards, running the last 26 to the Aggie one himself. Hill blasted it in to end the Aggies’ 17-game win streak. In the Cotton Bowl, Navy was doing a great job of sitting on a somewhat lucky 20-0 lead. Ryan came in late to pass for one TD, but the final whistle stopped him and the Owls on Navy’s four. Frank went on to a great 13-year career in pro ball at Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington. It was highlighted by Frank leading the Cleveland Browns to the NFL title in 1964. During off seasons, this superb scholar-athlete from Paschal High in Fort Worth took his Ph.D. at Rice. He later became athletic director at Yale University before returning to his alma mater as the vice president of external affairs.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality image)
Citable link to this pagehttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/64574
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