Owls' Hall of Famer Endows New Scholarship

Aug. 13, 2010

Froggy Williams, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and one of Rice Athletics most energetic ambassadors joined with his wife Robbie on Thursday to endow a new athletic scholarship with a $50,000 donation to Rice University.

The Bobby Wayne Cagle Scholarship is named in memory of the Williams' grandson, who passed away at the age of 12.

"Froggy and Robbie's contribution will allow us to do a number of things," Rice Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan said. "Obviously, it helps us provide scholarships to student-athletes which continue to get more expensive. But it also what I call a `Leadership Gift' because when something like this comes from a person so well-known and respected such as Froggy, it will hopefully inspire others to give," Greenspan added.

Williams acknowledged that he hoped his gift would be the start of a larger initiative.

"I had told the folks here that I wanted the word to get around about what we were doing so that it might inspire others to do something likewise," Williams said. "Robbie and I have been working on this for quite a while, and with the Rice Centennial celebration coming up, we decided it was time to get things started," he noted.

"It's a significant long-range goal of ours to grow our endowments," Greenspan said. "The larger that develops, the more pressure it takes off from our annual funding and allows us to provide increased services to all our student-athletes."

Williams was an end and kicker for the Owls from 1946-49, earning All America honors as a senior while leading the Owls to a Southwest Conference Championship and Cotton Bowl win over North Carolina. The Owls closed that season with nine consecutive wins to finish at 10-1 and a No. 5 ranking in the final UPI poll. He became the second player from Rice enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame when he was elected in 1965.

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