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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson (College football.  Born, Staunton, VA., Dec. 28, 1856; died, Washington, DC, Feb. 3, 1924.)  While some sources suggest that Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the head coach of the Princeton football team in 1878, during his senior year there, this is a gross extension of the facts.  Wilson was knowledgeable about the game, which […]

Dick Kazmaier

Dick Kazmaier (College football.  Born, Maumee, OH, Nov. 23, 1930.)  A 171-pound tailback in Princeton’s single-wing attack, Dick Kazmaier was considered the nation’s best football player, winning the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award in 1951, the culmination of a career in which he led his Tigers to 22 straight victories.  Princeton got off to something […]

Alexander Moffatt

Alexander Moffatt (College football. Born, Princeton, NJ, Sept. 27, 1862; died, New York, NY, Feb. 13, 1914.) Considered the first of the great punters, Alexander Moffatt was a Princeton star from 1881-83. Moffatt created the spiral punt in 1881 and began to handle the team’s drop kicking for field goals and extra points. In 1883, […]

Arthur Poe

Arthur Poe (College football.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Mar. 22, 1879; died, Baltimore, MD, Apr. 15, 1951.)  Last of the famed five Poe brothers who starred in football at Princeton, Arthur specialized in beating Yale.  In 1898, his 95-yard touchdown run accounted for the scoring (with an extra point) in a 6-0 Tigers win and, as […]

William Gummere

William Gummere (College football.  Born, Trenton, NJ, June 24, 1850; died, Newark, NJ, Jan. 26, 1933.)  As a Princeton undergraduate, William Stryker Gummere was a prime mover (with William S. Leggett (q.v.) of Rutgers) in the creation of what became intercollegiate football.  In response to a challenge, the two schools met Nov. 6, 1869, at […]

Charlie Gogolak

Charlie Gogolak (College football.  Born, Rabahidveg, Hungary, Dec. 29, 1944.)  As a soccer-style placekicker for Princeton (1963-65), Charles P. Gogolak set seven N.C.A.A. records.  Gogolak made 50 straight extra points, then considered exceptional, scored 81 points by kicking in a single season, and scored 20 points in one game with six field goals and two […]

William George

William George (College football.  Born, Scroggsville, OH, July 30, 1861; died, West Palm Beach, FL, Sept. 15, 1933.)  A guard at Princeton (1885-89), William J. George was selected for the First Team on the first all-America selections made by Walter Camp in 1889.  George was later a long-time coach and teacher at Lawrenceville (N.J.) School.

Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett (Football.  Born, Abington, PA, Mar. 28, 1966.)  A star quarterback at Princeton, Jason C. Garrett had an 11-year career in the N.F.L., including four seasons (2000-03) with the Giants.  Garrett enrolled at Princeton, started as the freshman team quarterback in 1984, and then transferred to Columbia when his father, Jim was hired as head […]

Bill Edwards

Bill Edwards (College football.  Born, Lisle, NY, Feb. 23, 1877; died, New York, NY, Jan. 4, 1943.)  A guard for Princeton football teams that were 33-2-1 from 1897-99, William H. Edwards captained the 1899 squad that defeated Yale, 11-0.  Edwards earned perhaps greater fame in 1910 when, acting as a bodyguard, he tackled a would-be […]

John DeWitt

John DeWitt (College football.  Born, Phillipsburg, NY, Oct. 29, 1881; died, New York, NY, July 28, 1930.)  A three-year starting guard, leading field goal kicker, and twice an all-American, John Riegel DeWitt scored all of Princeton’s points in an 11-6 victory over Yale in 1903.  In that game, DeWitt ran 65 yards with a blocked […]

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