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1954 Rice Owls Artwork: ICONIC® Men's 60/40 Blend T-Shirt

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Color: charcoal heather

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An early symbol of Rice's athletic teams was large canvas owl, a tempting target for Rice Institute's rivals. In 1917, when students from Southwest Conference football rival Texas A&M kidnapped the owl, Rice students pooled their resources and hired a private detective to go to College Station to find the missing mascot. Upon recovering the owl, the detective sent a coded telegram to Houston that read "Sammy is fairly well and would like to see his parents at eleven o'clock," giving the mascot a name for the first time. Eventually, the canvas representation of Sammy was replaced with a live owl. During this period, handlers kept Sammy in a roost in front of Lovett College. Prior to football games, Sammy was known to fly into the stadium. Rice University later discontinued its tradition of a live owl, replacing it with a student dressed in an owl suit. As such, Sammy the Owl is an elected position of the Rice University Student Body.
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The Iconic tee is made with sustainably sourced USA grown cotton and moisture wicking polyester that's exceptionally soft and made to last. Whether its on the field or off, the Iconic t-shirt will soon become your favorite go to tee.
  • Soft lightweight 4.6 oz
  • 60% Ring-Spun Cotton / 40% Polyester
  • Classic fit
  • Made with sustainably sourced USA grown cotton
  • High-density fabric for exceptional print clarity
  • Heather colors are CVC
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