One of the great players in the history of LSU football passed away during the recent holiday season. George Rice, a former LSU All-American offensive tackle from 1963-65, died on December 26 at his home in Sealy, Texas at the age of 66.
Born in Mississippi but raised in Baton Rouge, Rice's prowess in high school overlapped three sports: football, basketball and track. He was an extremely powerful athlete and his specialty in track was the shot put. On the gridiron he was a devastating blocker and tackler who played in three bowl games for the Tigers during his career.
Rice was named first team All-Southeastern Conference by UPI as a junior in 1964 and an All-American by Time Magazine and The Sporting News his senior season of 1965. He participated in the Hula Bowl after his senior year and was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. He decided to sign with the Houston Oilers of the AFL and played for the Oilers for four seasons.
Rice is survived by his wife Carol, daughters Wendy Gaddis and Terry Rice, son Kevin, stepson Brian Blazejack, a sister, ex-wife and five grandchildren.