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Ronnie Caveness


Ronald Glen Caveness

Inducted 2010

Date of Birth



Houston, TX


University of Arkansas (1962-1964)


Ronnie Caveness dominated the opposition to lead the Razorbacks to a share of the 1964 National Championship. That year the Razorbacks were the only major team to go through the entire season undefeated beating Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl as AP champ Alabama lost in the Orange Bowl. Playing in both the one-platoon and two-platoon eras, Ronnie played both ways in 1962 and 1963 before becoming a full-time defensive player as a senior. Caveness helped Arkansas to the 1964 conference championship on a team that was coached by Hall of Famer Frank Broyles and included modern day football luminaries Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson. Caveness set the Razorbacks record for most tackles made in consecutive seasons (309). At the time of his induction, he still held the top two spots on the school’s rankings for most tackles in a game (29 and 25, respectively). The team captain was Arkansas’ leading tackler in 21-straight games. Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1965, Caveness spent one year with the franchise before spending the remainder of his five-year professional career with the Oilers. Following his playing days, he became a sales manager and also served as president of the Little Rock Razorback Club. Caveness has been named to the Arkansas All-Century Team, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Classic All-Decade Team for the 1960s.


Height 6'0

Weight 205

Career Highlights

  • 1964 All-Conference
  • 1964 First Team All-America
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