Dick Maegle grew up in Taylor, Texas, and got a football scholarship to Rice, where he became one of the best players in the Southwest Conference as a junior in 1953.He was a two-way player, a great runner, and a skilled defensive back. In his junior year, he was a consensus All-American and played in the 1954 Cotton Bowl game against Alabama, in which he is remembered for being the victim of an off-the-bench tackle. That play overshadowed Maegle's record setting performance - 265 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns. As a senior he led the conference with 905 yards rushing. He played in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers (1955-1959) Pittsburgh Steelers (1960) and Dallas Cowboys (1961). Maegle was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
Despite playing very well at times in the NFL, Maegle will always be remembered primarily for his College Football Hall of Fame career, and for that one legendary day in the Cotton Bowl.