Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #21 and #71
Aug. 11, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
Jim Kiick was the first player in the history of the Western Athletic Conference to earn first team honors for three-consecutive seasons. He led Wyoming in rushing for three consecutive seasons, 1965, '66, '67 and led the Cowboys to consecutive WAC titles and bowl apperances in 1967 and '68. The Pokes posted an impressive 26-6 record during his three seasons as starting tailback, including a perfect 13-0 home record. His sophomore season, Kiick rushed for 534 yards. His junior season, Kiick's 597 rushing yards led the Cowboys to a 10-1 overall record, a WAC Championship and a berth in the Sun Bowl. Kiick rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns earning Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player honors as Wyoming defeated Florida State, 28-20. As a senior, Kiick was selected co-captain on one of the greatest Cowboy teams of all-time. Wyoming won 10 games for the second-consecutive season and was ranked fifth in the nation as Kiick again led Wyoming in rushing, with 583 yards, and was selected First Team All-WAC. The Pokes won their second-straight WAC title and became the only WAC team in history to be invited to a New Year's Day bowl game, the 1968 Sugar Bowl. Following graduation, Kiick went to the National Football League, where he starred along-side Larry Csonka in the Miami Dolphins backfield creating one of the greatest running back tandems in NFL history. While with the Dolphins, Kiick and Csonka led Miami to three Super Bowls, two World Championships and a 17-0 record in 1972, the only perfect season in NFL history. Kiick and Csonka were known as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Kiick is a member of the 1996 class of the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jerry Hill a homegrown Wyoming athlete from Lingle, was selected as Wyoming Football's Player of the Century during fan balloting in 1992. Hill led the Cowboys in rushing in both the 1959 and '60 seasons, while earning All-Skyline Conference honors both seasons. The Cowboys posted a 25-6 record during his career, and won the 1958 Sun Bowl. He finished his career with 1,374 rushing yards on 288 carries. While at UW, Hill also won the Admiral Emory S. Land Award. He went on to play eight seasons in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts. He ranks eighth on the Colt's career rushing list with 2,668 career yards. He also played in Super Bowl's III and V. Hill was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Current Cowboy to Wear #21:
6-3 / 220
Beginning on July 13, we will count down the 50 days to kickoff of the 2012 Wyoming Cowboy football season with a new feature titled "Cowboy Two-A-Days". Each day for 50 days leading up Wyoming's season opener at Texas on Sept. 1, we will feature some of the great Cowboys who wore jersey numbers 1-99 during their playing careers. Read More | Twitter | Facebook
"Quick, mobile and an overpowering blocker," describes three-year starter and letterman Nick Bebout. The native of Shoshoni, Wyo., was a pre-season Playboy All-American selection and Chris Schenkel's Sportscene All-American as an offensive tackle in 1975. He also was a team captain that year, his senior season. The first offensive lineman inducted into the Hall of Fame, Bebout was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round and played with them from 1973 to 1975. He played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1976 to 1980. The fact that offensive linemen are often overlooked speaks very highly of his ability and the contributions he made to the Cowboy football tradition. He was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 28, 2001.
Current Cowboy to Wear #71:
6-5 / 291