The Texas Bowl Committee has announced that legendary Rice halfback Dicky Maegle has been named to the Texas Bowl’s 2008 class of Gridiron Legends.
The decision to include Maegle in this year’s class was made in part due to Rice’s participation in the tonight’s Texas Bowl.
Rice and Western Michigan will face off at 7 p.m. at Reliant Stadium in the third annual bowl game.
A native of Taylor, Texas, Maegle was a member of the inaugural class of the Rice University Sports Hall of Fame in 1970 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
Maegle starred at Rice from 1952-54 and set 26 school records. He led the Southwest Conference in interceptions and was a consensus All-America and academic All-America in 1954.
Maegle was involved in one of the most historic and memorable plays in college football history when, in the 1954 Cotton Bowl, he was racing for an apparent 95-yard touchdown when Alabama’s Tommy Lewis came off the Crimson Tide sideline to tackle him. Despite being brought down, Maegle was credited with the touchdown on the play.
He finished that game with 265 yards on just 11 carries, giving him a 24.1-yards-per-carry average, and three touchdowns to lead Rice to a 28-6 victory. That win proved to be the last bowl win for the Owls, a record they hope to break in tonight’s match-up.
Maegle went on to play seven seasons in the NLF, five with the San Francisco 49ers, and one each with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys.
Tonight’s Texas Bowl will be televised live nationally on NFL Network. The game will also be broadcast nationally by Westwood One radio and locally on KTRH 740 AM.