Twenty-five years have passed since quarterback Tony Rice became the first Proposition 48 athlete admitted to Notre Dame. It’s fair to say the South Carolina native has repaid the school for its generosity.
A veteran of the insurance brokerage industry, Rice joined HUB International in the Chicago metro area as an account executive in May after a 3 ½-year partnership with Acrisure. Rice had previously worked as a salesman for ESC Medical Systems and served as a partner for a northwest Indiana real estate brokerage.
At Notre Dame, Rice orchestrated Lou Holtz’s option attack to near-perfection during the 1988 and ’89 seasons. The 1988 Fighting Irish finished 12–0 en route to their 11th (and last) national title. The following year, Rice guided them to a 12–1 mark and No. 2 national ranking.
After graduating in 1990 with a degree in psychology, Rice spent three years playing professionally (one in Canada and two in Europe) before returning to the South Bend area to raise a family of five with his wife, Felicia. Tony Rice profile