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Ronnie Caveness
Ronnie Caveness

Ronnie Caveness

2017 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Inductee

Football

Ronnie Caveness was a first-team All-America selection by the Football News in 1963. He was named a first-team All-American by multiple outlets in 1964 including the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, and The Sporting News. One of the last Arkansas players to start on both sides of the ball, Caveness dominated the opposition to lead the Razorbacks to the 1964 National Championship. Named a First Team All-Southwest Conference selection at both center and linebacker during his senior campaign, 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 and Fred Marshall were Co-MVP’s of the 1965 Cotton Bowl. He holds the Razorbacks record for most tackles made in consecutive seasons (309). A half century later, Caveness still holds 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 and Patriots. Following his playing days, he became a sales manager and also served as president of the Little Rock Razorback Club. Caveness was named to the Arkansas All-Century Team, the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, and the Cotton Bowl Classic All-Decade Team for the 1960s. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 2010.