Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Professional and Olympic Athletes

 

Allison Beckford '04
School of Humanities
Olympic athlete

Competed in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games in track and field; set both a Rice record and a Western Athletic Conference all-time record in the 400 meter at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championship

   
 

Lance Berkman '98
School of Humanities
Baseball player

Major League Baseball Player for the Texas Rangers; previously played for the Houston Astros, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals

   
 

O.J. Brigance '92
School of Social Sciences
Football player, activist

Played on special teams for the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots; founder of Brigance Brigade, a foundation dedicated to fundraising for research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

   
 

Norman Wood Charlton III '86
School of Social Sciences
Baseball coach

Former pitcher for the Seattle Mariners; MBA All-Star (1992); pitched for the Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds; currently the Mariners pitching instructor

   
 

Jared Dillard '08
School of Social Sciences
Football player

Wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals; formerly was wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars; only player in college history to produce two seasons with at least 20-plus touchdown receptions; first player in Rice history to receive post-season all-conference honors three consecutive seasons

   
 

Bert Emanuel '94
School of Social Sciences
Football player and entrepreneur

Played receiver for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons; founder of KAOS Worldwide, an athletic apparel company

   

 

Phillip Gaines '13
School of Social Sciences
Football player

Professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs; selected in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft

   
 

William Fred Hansen '63
School of Social Sciences
Olympic Gold Medalist

Winner of the 1964 Olympic Gold medal in pole vault; practicing dentist in Houston, Texas

   
 

Funmi Jimoh '06
School of Humanities
Olympic athlete

In 2009, held the world's No. 2 mark in the long jump; finished 12th in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games; 2008 USA Indoor bronze medalist

   
 

Larry Izzo '02
School of Social Sciences
Football player

Retired NFL player; assistant special teams coach for the New York Giants; was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and earned three Super Bowl rings while playing with the New England Patriots; won his fourth Super Bowl ring and first as a coach while coaching the Giants 

   
 

William Ndukwe Kalu '02
School of Humanities
Football player

Defensive end who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans; 157 career tackles and 31 career sacks; founder of Sore Loser Athletic Wear

   
 

Rickey Pierce '83
School of Humanities
Former professional basketball player

One of the NBA's most consistent shooters; developed AccUShot22, a basketball with 10 black indentations to mark proper placement for a shooter's fingertips

   
 

Kareem Streete-Thompson '95
School of Social Sciences
Long jumper

Assistant coach for the University of Texas at Austin track and field program; competed in the 1992, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games; silver medalist for long jump at the 2001 World Indoor Championships

   
 

Michael Wilks '01
School of Social Sciences
Basketball player

Former point guard for the Seattle Supersonics and the Oklahoma City Thunder; played for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs (2005); won Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year award