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Levi Jackson

Levi Jackson (Colege football.  Born, New Haven, CT, Aug. 22, 1926; died, Detroit, MI, Dec. 7, 2000.)  As the first black man to play football for Yale, Levi A. Jackson was a racial pioneer.  A running back (1946-49), Jackson captained the 1949 varsity team and that year scored two touchdowns in the Elis’ 29-6 victory […]

Century Milstead

Century Milstead (College and pro football. Born, Allegheny, PA, Jan. 1, 1901; died, Pleasantville, NY, June 1, 1963.) Ranked among the best linemen of his time, Century Allen Milstead was a two-time all-America tackle at Yale (1923-24). Unlike many of his contemporaries, Milstead assayed a pro career and signed with the newly-organized Giants. After the […]

Frank Hinkey

Frank Hinkey (College football.  Born, Tonawanda, NY, Dec. 23, 1871; died, Southern Pines, NC, Dec. 30, 1925.)  Part of one of the greatest dynasties in the annals of American sports, Frank A. Hinkey was a 5’9” end at Yale (1891-94).  Known as the “Disembodied Spirit” because of the way he avoided blockers to make tackles, […]

Herman Hickman

Herman Hickman (Football.  Born, Johnson City, TN, Oct. 1, 1910; died, Washington, DC, Apr. 25, 1958.)  As a hefty and skillful blocking guard, Herman Michael Hickman, Jr., was an unlikely Shakespearean scholar.  Yet Hickman, a natural raconteur, often regaled writers and fellow coaches with apt quotes from the Bard of Avon, particularly during his tenure […]

Pudge Heffelfinger

Pudge Heffelfinger (College football.  Born, St. Anthony, MN, Dec. 20, 1867; died, Blessing, TX, Apr. 2, 1954.)  William W. Heffelfinger was a Yale guard and three-time all-American who assumed almost legendary stature, in part because of his team’s performance from 1889-91.  Yale was not only 41-2-0 during those seasons but also outscored its opponents by […]

Jordan Olivar

Jordan Olivar (College football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 30, 1915; died, Inglewood, CA, Oct. 17, 1990.)  A Villanova player who started his head coaching career there, Jordan Olivar earned his renown at Yale.  Olivar graduated from Villanova in 1938 and became head coach of the Wildcats in 1943.  In six seasons (1943-48), he was 33-20 […]

Herman Olcott

Herman Olcott (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 1, 1879; died, Wallingford, CT, Jan. 4, 1929.)  A Yale all-America center in 1900, Herman P. Olcott was the N.Y.U. football coach for six seasons (1907-12).  Olcott had an unbeaten (6-0-1) team in 1909 and was 18-18-7 as Violets coach.  He came to University Heights after […]

Mike Pyle

Mike Pyle (College football.  Born, Keokuk, IA, July 18, 1939.)  As a 240-pound tackle, Michael Johnson Pyle was an All-American in his senior season (1960) and the star of Yale’s unbeaten (9-0) championship team, one of the last Ivy League teams to be taken seriously by national football observers (the Bulldogs were ranked No. 14 […]

John Pont

John Pont (College football.  Born, Canton, OH, Nov. 13, 1927; died, Oxford, OH, July 1, 2008.)  Although he coached Yale football for only two seasons, John Pont left a lasting legacy when he was succeeded by his long-time assistant, Carm Cozza, who became the winningest coach in Yale history.  Pont came from Miami (O.), where […]

Ducky Pond

Ducky Pond (College football.  Born, Torrington, CT, Feb. 17, 1900; died, Torrington, CT, Aug. 23, 1982.)  A Yale running back (1922-24) and above-average baseball pitcher, Raymond W. Pond was head football coach for seven seasons (1934-40), compiling a 30-25-2 record.  He coached two Heisman winners – end Larry Kelley (1936) and halfback Clint Frank (1937).  […]

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