Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Buddy "Buddy" Dial

Buddy "Buddy" Dial


  • Position: End
  • School: Rice
  • High School: Magnolia, TX (Magnolia HS)
  • Years: 1956-1958
  • Inducted: 1993
  • Place of Birth: Ponca City, OK
  • Date of Birth: Jan 17, 1937
  • Place of Death: Houston, TX
  • Date of Death: Feb 29, 2008
  • Jersey Number: 84
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

Gilbert "Buddy" Dial was the complete end of his time. He stood 6-1, weighed 185, and was a tiger on defense. When Rice had the ball, he was a potent blocker and a daring receiver who caught passes from King Hill and Frank Ryan. In 1956 he had 21 receptions, averaged 17 yards on each, made five touchdowns, and was elected Sophomore Lineman of the Year in the Southwest Conference. He again had 21 receptions in 1957 and his average gain was 24 yards. He made all-Southwest, helped Rice to the conference championship, played with Rice in the Cotton Bowl, and was named to the all-bowls all-star team. In 1958 he caught 19 passes, averaged 14 yards on each, was his team�s co-captain and Most Valuable Player, and was consensus All-America. The Columbus Touchdown Club named him Lineman of the Year. For his career at Rice he had 13 touchdowns, tying the school record set by another Hall of Fame end, James "Froggie" Williams 1946-1949. Dial went to the Pittsburgh Steelers 1959-1963 and Dallas Cowboys 1964-1966 and was all-pro there three times. After his football days were over, Dial settled in Tomball, Texas, was in real estate, oil, and banking and was a prominent speaker for civic, church, and charity groups.