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Chris Gilbert

Running Back

Christopher Earl Gilbert

Inducted 1999

Date of Birth



Houston, TX


University of Texas (1966-1968)


Chris Gilbert ran for 3,231 yards in 29 games for Texas in 1966-68. He was the first player in NCAA history to record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons since the association began keeping statistics. He rushed for 1,080 as a sophomore, 1,019 as a junior, 1,132 as a senior. He was All-Southwest Conference three times and consensus All-America in 1968. He was the SWC MVP in 1968 and was eighth in the Heisman voting. His best games were for 245 yards against Baylor in 1966, 213 against Rice in 1968, 212 against Baylor in 1968, and 202 against Texas Christian in 1966. In that same Texas Christian game, Gilbert had a 96-yard run from scrimmage. In his career he returned 20 kickoffs, averaging 22.7 yards on each. For his career he averaged 5.4 yards per rushing attempt. He scored 28 touchdowns in 29 games. He was drafted by the New York Jets but did not play in the NFL. He launched a successful business career in Houston as president of Gilbert Investment Co.


Height 5'11

Weight 176

Career Highlights

  • 1968 All-Conference
  • 1968 Conference MVP
  • 1968 Consensus All-America
  • 1968 Heisman -Eighth
  • 1967 All-Conference
  • 1967 Second Team All-America
  • 1966 All-Conference
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