I walked past a small pile of cards back in the vault I don’t know how many times without even a second thought. There’s so much peculiar stuff around here that I sometimes stop noticing. Anyway, a little while ago, for no special reason, I stopped and picked up the little stack. Oddly enough, they turned out to be football trading cards. Even then it took a minute for it to snap: they’re Rice grads who played professional football. It’s certainly not all of them, but there are a bunch. I’ll probably eventually post all of them (likely at random intervals) but just to get started here are a couple. First, Chuck LaTourette ’67:
Latourette won the 1966 George Martin award as Rice football’s MVP and the 1967 Bob Quin award, given annually to Rice’s outstanding male student-athlete. You can see a brief bio here. (Hat tip to Quin McWhirter).
And next, a name I recognize from my time in the Schulenburg area, Hugo Hollas ’68. Hollas won the George Martin award in 1967, the year after Latourette:
Bonus: George Martin was the Ye Old College Inn owner. Remember?