Charles "Chuck" Latourette

When Rice was considered a hopeless underdog in the 1965 game against the mighty Texas Longhorns, it was Chuck Latourette who made a 76-yard kickoff return to spark a fourth quarter rally for the Owls to come from a 17-3 deficit and upset the Sips on their home turf at Memorial Stadium. That was likely the biggest play of his career as an Owl and he was the top scorer for Rice in 1965 and was second in rushing with 408 yards.

     He was an All-American, an All-Southwest Conference defensive back, and the Rice MVP George Martin Award winner on the last Owl team coached by the legendary Jess Neely in 1966. Although his first team All-America status was not concensus, Chuck was very high on the pro scouts list not only for his defensive play, but for his exceptional punting.

     He joined the St. Louis Cardinals and was the Cardinals' Rookie of the Year in 1967. A highly acclaimed professional star for several years as a punter, defender and kick-returner, he led the National Football League one year in kick-off returns with 1237 yards, which set a new NFL record.

     In pursuing his medical career, Chuck was able to work out a unique plan with the University of Tennessee medical school in Memphis that allowed him to play pro ball in St. Louis on weekends and still manage to get class and study time on off-days and during the off-season to earn his M.D. He retired from football after becoming a doctor and opened practices in radiology in Houston. He died tragically at age 37, in 1982.

     As the 37th winner of the Bob Quin Award, Chuck Latourette exemplified the traits so apparent in Bob Quin and went on in his career to live his short life in accordance with them.

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