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Ralph Hewitt

Ralph Hewitt (College football.  Born, Lawrence, MA, Nov. 10, 1907; died, Portsmouth, RI, Oct. 23, 1987.)  When Lou Little succeeded Charles Crowley as Columbia football coach in 1930, he inherited one major asset and that was tailback Ralph Augustine Hewitt.  Hewitt did not disappoint.  In Little’s first season, Hewitt kicked a fourth-quarter field goal to beat […]

Percy Haughton

Percy Haughton (College football.  Born, Staten Island, NY, July 11, 1876; died, New York, NY, Oct. 27, 1924.)  Though not active as a college coach for nearly seven years, Percy D. Haughton agreed in 1923 to be Columbia’s head coach.  Haughton brought an outstanding record, winning national championships at Harvard, where he was 71-7-5 in […]

Larry McElreavy

Larry McElreavy (College football. Born, Claremont, NH, Sept. 25, 1946.) In December 1985, Larry McElreavy became the 15th head coach of Columbia football and inherited a team that had not won in 24 games under two coaches. The losing streak was 21 games after a couple of ties with another loss in between. McElreavy, who […]

Mitch Price

Mitch Price (College football.  Born, Midvale, UT, Jan. 10, 1931.)  A three-year regular at quarterback for Columbia (1950-52), Mitchell Price passed for 3,076 yards in 26 games, completing 237 of 452 passes but only 14 for touchdowns.  He also carried 264 times for 317 yards for teams that were 11-14-1 under coach Lou Little.  Price […]

George Pease

George Pease (College and pro football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 18, 1903; died, Dallas, TX, Oct. 23, 1984.)  Overshadowed by his more famous running back teammates, George G. Pease nevertheless managed to establish a solid reputation for himself.  During the first two of his three years at Columbia (1923-25), Pease was basically a blocking back […]

Al Paul

Al Paul (College athletics.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Sept. 17, 1926.)  A coach and administrator, Alvin R. Paul was involved in New York sports for more than 40 years.  A graduate of Western Maryland, where he played football and lacrosse, Paul came to Hofstra as lacrosse coach and an assistant on Howdy Myers’ football staff in […]

Paul Governali

Paul Governali (Football.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Jan. 5, 1921; died, San Diego, CA, Feb. 15, 1978.)  Despite playing for a team that was 3-6 for the season, Paul V. Governali was chosen the Maxwell Trophy winner for 1942 and finished second to Georgia running back Frank Sinkwich in the Heisman Trophy voting as the […]

Jim Garrett

Jim Garrett (Football.  Born, Rutherford, N.J., June 19, 1930.)  Coming off an 0-9 season and having lost 11 games in a row, Columbia hired James W. Garrett as its head football coach in December 1984.  Garrett came to the Ivy League school after nearly two decades (1966-84) as a coach, scout, and administrator in the […]

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 […]

Ralph Furey

Ralph Furey (College football.  Born, New York, NY, June 16, 1903; died, Durango, CO, Nov. 14, 1984.)  The first of four brothers to play football at Columbia, Ralph J. Furey captained the 1927 team and then remained with the university’s athletic department for 40 years.  Furey became a coach and administrator before serving 25 years […]

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