Ken Rice
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Rice in 1961
No. 75
Position:Tackle / guard
Personal information
Born:(1939-09-14)September 14, 1939
Attapulgus, Georgia, U.S.
Died:October 14, 2020(2020-10-14) (aged 81)
Canton, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Bainbridge (GA)
NFL draft:1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
AFL draft:1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • AFL All-Star (1961)
  • 2× SEC Most Valuable Offensive Lineman (1959–1960)
  • SEC Most Valuable Defensive Lineman (1960)
  • Consensus All-American (1960)
  • First-team All-American (1959)
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (1959, 1960)
  • Freshman All-SEC (1957)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:79
Games started:4

Kenneth Earl Rice (September 14, 1939 – October 14, 2020) was an American professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the American Football League (AFL) for the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, and the Miami Dolphins. Rice played college football for the Auburn Tigers, where he was named a two-time All-American.

Early years

Ken Rice was born in Attapulgus, Georgia on September 14, 1939, and moved to Bainbridge before high school. At Bainbridge High School, Rice played football, basketball, baseball, and took part in track and field.[1][2] In track and field, Rice was a three-time state champion in shot put, a state champion in the discus throw and participated in relay races.[1]

Rice received offers from FSU, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. Eventually, Rice chose to attend Auburn.[1]

College career

Rice attended Auburn University from 1957 to 1960, playing for the Tigers on both the offensive and defensive lines. As a sophomore in 1958, Rice was named to the SEC's All-Sophomore Team as the Tigers posted a 9–0–1 record. Rice was named an All-American in 1959 and was voted the best offensive lineman in the SEC.[3][4] In his senior season, Rice was once again named an All-American and was once again voted the best offensive lineman in the SEC.[4][3] Rice was also voted the best defensive lineman in the conference that year.[3]

In 1992, Rice was elected into Auburn's Team of the Century by fans.[4] Rice also lent his name to the Ken Rice Award, an annual award given to the best offensive lineman at Auburn.[5]

Professional career

Rice was drafted in the first round in both the 1961 NFL Draft and the 1961 AFL draft.[6] Rice played for seven years for the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, and the Miami Dolphins, playing in 79 games total.[2] In 1961 during his rookie season, he was selected to the 1961 AFL All-Star game. He was also named a second-team All-AFL lineman that season.[2]

In 1964, Rice was traded to the Oakland Raiders.[7] In 1966, the Miami Dolphins drafted Rice from the Raiders during the 1966 AFL Expansion Draft.[8][9] Rice retired from football after the 1967 season due to a back injury.[3] He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.[5]

Personal life

Rice resided in Big Canoe, Georgia, where he had been involved in real estate development since the early 1970s.[3][10][11] Rice met Billie Ann Perrin while attending Auburn and the two married on June 20, 1959.[12] The couple purchased the summit of Mount Oglethorpe, the original southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, in 1995, and opened the summit to the public in 2014.[11][13] Billie Ann Rice died on June 7, 2014, at age 77.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Murphy, Mark. Game of My Life Auburn Tigers: Memorable Stories of Tigers Football. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. 2011. ISBN 1613215657. Chapter 19.
  2. ^ a b c Ken Rice. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Former Auburn Player Ken Rice Named Walter Gilbert Award Recipient Archived November 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. October 22, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Auburn Football 2015 Media Almanac Archived April 16, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Ken Rice. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Boyles, Bob. Guido, Paul. The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. 2009. pp. 135.
  7. ^ Shmelter, Richard. The Raiders Encyclopedia: All Players, Coaches, Games and More through 2009-2010. McFarland, Incorporated Publishers. 2011. pp. 222.
  8. ^ "Dolphins Get 8 More in Draft." Associated Press. January 19, 1966.
  9. ^ Nogle, Kevin. Miami Dolphins Historical Perspective Part 1 - 1965 and 1966. May 18, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Accolades not new to Rice. November 26, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Ken and Billie Ann Rice of Waterford Mountain Properties Announces the Designation of Eagle’s Rest as a Public Park in Pickens County, Georgia. April 2, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ a b In Memoriam - Billie Ann Perrin Rice. June 8, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  13. ^ Tidwell, Wayne. Eagle’s Rest Park atop Mt. Oglethorpe marks its second year. Big Canoe News. November 30, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.