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Bill Wallace


William Westwood Wallace

Inducted 1978

Date of Birth



El Campo, TX


Rice University (1932-1932)

Rice University (1934-1935)


Rice halfback, Bill Wallace was one of the great stars of the two-way era. Modern fans can't possibly imagine the incredible talents of Wallace. On the track he was an acclaimed sprinter and hurdler, on the gridiron, an elusive ball carrier, and accurate passer, a precision punter and a talented safety. In the 1934 Texas game, he placed punts dead at the goal line three times, one from 70 yards out. Twice he punted out of bounds inside the ten-yard line. Time after time he circled to the left drawing the Texas secondary out of position. Then, with only three minutes to go and Texas in the lead he circled left again, but instead of advancing, he faded and threw a long left-handed pass far across the field. End Ray Smith, with no opposition in sight, grabbed the pass and crossed the goal line, putting Rice ahead. After an interception, Rice scored again as the game ended, but Wallace wasn't through yet. A fan tried to make off with the ball from the point-after kick. Wallace flew after him, blocked by 20 or 30 fans. Bill sent them sprawling and returned to the field with the victory pigskin. Wallace was also Rice's initial first-team All-America selection in 1934 and was a third-team pick in 1935.


Height 6'0

Weight 185

Career Highlights

  • 1935 All-Conference
  • 1935 First Team All-America
  • 1934 All-Conference
  • 1934 First Team All-America
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