Dicky Moegle

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Dicky Moegle
Dick Moegle - 1955 Bowman.jpg
Moegle on a 1955 Bowman football card
Date of birth: (1934-09-14) September 14, 1934 (age 80)
Place of birth: Taylor, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
Defensive back
College: Rice
NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Organizations
As player:
1955–1959
1960
1961
San Francisco 49ers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas Cowboys
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

Richard Lee "Dickey" Maegle (born Moegle) (born September 14, 1934) is a former American football Halfback and defensive back. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dallas Cowboys. Maegle played college football at Rice University, where he was a consensus All-American in 1954. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

In the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic against Alabama, Maegle was involved in one of college football's most famous plays. With Rice leading 7–6, Maegle broke through on a sweep from Rice's five-yard line, and was running down the sideline in front of Alabama's bench on his way to a touchdown. Alabama's Tommy Lewis, without putting on his helmet, jumped off the bench and tackled Maegle. Seeing what happened, referee Cliff Shaw awarded the touchdown, and Rice went on to win the game.[1] Maegle finished with 265 rushing yards, which was a Cotton Bowl Classic record until the 2008 game when Missouri's Tony Temple rushed for 281 yards.[2]

During his playing days, the running back's last name was spelled "Moegle". Because it was constantly mispronounced, several years later he changed his name to "Maegle" to be more phonetically correct.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heller, Dick (January 1, 2007). "Refs didn't Cotton to off-bench stop". Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Cotton Bowl record book". Retrieved 2008-01-01.