Rice Football Players Shower Support on Ailing Team Mom

Rice Football Players Shower Support on Ailing Team Mom

Two current Rice Sport Management students, Malcolm Hill ’15 and Broderick Jackson ’14, were featured in today’s Houston Chronicle. Below is an excerpt of the article.

She has never called a play, thrown a pass or scored a touchdown.

But players and coaches believe Joyce Rannals has been the Most Valuable Player of the Rice football team for the last 14 years.

“She’s been the rock around here for a lot of years,” Rice coach David Bailiff said. “She is a very important lady to this football team. She is truly a Rice Owl angel to these players.”

Rannals, who has served as a staff assistant for three football coaches and been “a mother to hundreds of players,” was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.

In a show of support, the Owls are dedicating this season – at 4-2, off to their best start since 2001 – to Rannals.

The back of the Rice football helmets feature a pink ribbon with her initials.

The campaign is the brainchild of junior strong safety Malcolm Hill and redshirt senior safety Broderick Jackson. As part of a project through a sports management class at Rice, the two players began an online donation campaign (www.gofundme.com/teamjoyce) to raise $5,000 during five games in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to help offset some of Rannals’ medical costs.

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Malcolm Hill '15

Malcolm Hill '15 shows off the Team Joyce wristband at Rice Stadium on Sept. 30, 2013. (Dave Rossman photo)