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Weldon Humble


Weldon Gaston Humble

Inducted 1961

Date of Birth



Nixon, TX


Rice University (1941-1942)

Rice University (1946-1946)

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1943-1943)


Rice's Jess Neely considered Weldon Humble the finest interior lineman he had ever coached, calling him "an exceptional athlete, fine competitor and a genuine leader." No one could dispute Neely's evaluation, for Humble was a unique athlete. He lettered in football, basketball, track and swimming at Breckenridge High School in San Antonio, Texas, before moving on to Rice. There, Weldon was the aggressive heart in the Rice front wall, leading his team to an 8-0 victory over Tennessee in the 1947 Orange Bowl game. The bowl victory gave Rice a final 9-2 record that season and earned Humble a litany of accolades. He was a consensus All-America choice. Like most athletes of his time, Weldon was required to suspend his career for military service during World War II. He played one season at Louisiana - Lafayette then entered active military duty. He rose to the rank of U.S. Marine Captain and later served in the Korean War. Humble later played eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns before entering business in Houston. He became vice-president of a large office supply firm and maintained his affiliation with his alma mater, serving as head of the Rice Quarterback Club. He also became chairman of the selection board for the Bluebonnet Bowl.


Height 6'1

Weight 210

Career Highlights

  • 1946 All-Conference
  • 1946 Conference MVP
  • 1946 Consensus All-America
  • 1942 All-Conference
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