Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dick "Forty-Seven" Maegle

Dick "Forty-Seven" Maegle


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Rice
  • High School: Taylor, TX (Taylor HS)
  • Years: 1952-1954
  • Inducted: 1979
  • Place of Birth: Taylor, TX
  • Date of Birth: Sep 14, 1934
  • Jersey Number: 47
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 187

Member Biography

Football fans will never forget that historic play in the 1954 Cotton Bowl when Alabama's overly-enthusiastic Tommy Lewis jumped up from the bench to tackle Dick Maegle, Rice's crackerjack running back. Maegle had begun his amazing run from the five-yard line and was headed straight for the Alabama goal with no one to stop him. Maegle was credited with the touchdown, one of three he scored that day. He gained a whopping 265 yards on 11 carries - an average of 24.1 yards per carry, as the Owls defeated the Crimson Tide, 28-6. Maegle set 26 records at Rice, including long-standing records of 22 career touchdowns and 72 total points in one season. Maegle was a brilliant defenseman as well, leading the conference in interceptions, and once picked off three passes in a 1953 battle against conference foe Baylor. He was consensus All-America and academic All-America in 1954.