Aug. 17, 2003
Providence, RI -
Alfred Eddy, Brown Class of 1879, had a vision when he led his Brown football team onto the field in Amherst, Massachusetts to face the Lord Jeffs of Amherst College in November of 1878. He imagined a team of Brown's finest athletes traveling to do battle with other squads in the region.
In no way could he have pictured the next 125 years of Brown football, filled with wonderful victories, bitter losses, incredible individual achievement, and a history that is paralleled by few in college football.
From Brown's Rose Bowl appearance in 1916 to the Iron Men of 1926; to the Ivy League winners in 1976 and 1999; from Bill Sprackling's '12 10 career touchdown passes to James Perry's '00 Ivy League record 74; from Bob Margarita's '44 dazzling runs in 1942 to Michael Malan's '02 powerful charges in 2001; from Joe Paterno's '50 14 career interceptions to John Woodring's '81 patrol of the line, Bruno's successes span the decades.
Brown Football's All-Decade Teams were voted on by Brown football players, who were team members in the appropriate decade. The All-Decade teams from 1878 to 1939 were pre-selected by committee.
Players named to the All-Decade Teams will be eligible for Brown's 125th Anniversary Team, featuring the top 50 players (22 on offense, 22 on defense, and 6 on special teams) in Brown football history. The 125th Anniversary Team will be voted on by alumni and fans at games and on the internet at www.brownbears.com.
The 125th anniversary celebration will run throughout the football season and culminate with the announcement of the 125th Anniversary Team at a gala dinner on November 1, 2003, at the Westin Hotel, hosted by ESPN's Chris Berman '77, who was the radio voice for Brown's 1976 Ivy Championship team.
Dinner reservations for the banquet can be made by calling the Brown Sports Foundation at 401-863-9812.
Brown Football: All-Decade Team News and Notes:
* The All-Decade teams were selected by a vote of Brown Football alumni only. Votes were received for teams dating all the way back to the 1930's. The earlier teams, for which no voting took place, were selected by a committee after rigorous research through the Brown Library Archives and record books.
* From the 1940's team onward, each squad has 30 players: 11 on offense, 11 on defense, 3 on special teams, and then the next five highest vote getters regardless of position.
* The 1990's team has 36 players which reflects that fact that the team represents more than a decade's worth of teams (through 2002).
* The teams of the 1930's and before have less than 30 players on each All-Decade squad, reflecting the following: most players in that era went "both ways"; positions are much less specific with the teams of these earlier eras, again reflective of the game at that time; teams in these earlier years had much smaller squad sizes and therefore far fewer players to select from.
* Fritz Pollard '19 - first African-American All-American; NFL QB and NFL head coach.
* Wallace Wade '17 (famous coach for whom Duke's FB stadium is named).
* A number of great "brother combinations" selected - Joe & George Paterno; three of the Farnham brothers (Mark, Bob, Paul); and Tom & Bill Gilbane (1930's) of Gilbane Construction.
* A number of pro players selected, led by six-time all-pro Steve Jordan, who played for the Minnesota Vikings, and all-pro Don Colo who played on a world championship team for the Cleveland Browns.
* Two Rhode Island governors were selected - Phil Noel and Don Carcieri.
* Three Brown Athletic Directors were selected - Paul Mackesey, Bob Seiple, and John Parry.
* Three father/son selections - Paul Choquette Jr. '60 and his son Paul Choquette III; Lou Regine '48 and his son Chip '73; Marty Moran '58 and his son Marty '80.
* Two Ivy League Players of the Year - Sean Morey and James Perry.
* Four Bulger Lowe Award winners as the outstanding player in New England: Frank Finney, Bob Hall, James Perry and Stephen Campbell.
125th Anniversary: All-Decade Teams
Highlights 1879 - 1899
The first 15 years of Brown football can be described as an experimental period. From 1878 to 1889, just four teams were founded, and during those 11 years Brown football's record was even at 3-3. However, John Lindsey '92 created a greater interest in football on campus, and with his direction, football began to take shape at Brown. He organized practice and game schedules for the team and recruited a solid group from an undergraduate population of just 250 students. Lindsey also captained the 1890 and 1891 teams, leading them to an 8-11-1 record during those two years; by far the best two years in their short history.
In fact, the entire decade from 1890 to 1899 was a successful one considering how new football was to Brown. The Bears enjoyed their first winning season in 1893 behind captain William Burr Hopkins' '97 12 touchdowns during the season.
Brown's first All-Americans were selected in 1895. Charles Nott '96 and Edward North Robinson '96 were selected to the Walter Camp 3rd Team that year. Robinson, a star fullback for three seasons, would go on to more success in professional football, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Dave Fultz '98 was Brown's star, though, during Bruno's first period of football. A starting back from 1894 to 1897, he was selected to the Walter Camp 2nd Team in 1897, and his records for points and touchdowns in a career (174 and 31, respectively) stood until 1997.
All-Decade Team 1878-1899
* 19 Total Team Members
Bill Donovan 1895 (QB); William Burr Hopkins 1897 (HB); Dave Fultz 1898 (HB); Charles Millard 1895 (HB); Willis Richardson 1900 (HB); Edward Robinson 1896 (HB); Charles McCarthy 1896 (FB); Everett Colby 1897 (B); A.R. Dilts 1981 (B); Alfred Eddy 1879 (B); John Gammons 1898 (B); John Lindsey 1892 (B); Henry Pratt 1900 (B); J.L. Richmond 1979 (B); W.B. Waterman 1881 (B); George Chamberlain 1893 (L); Charles Nott 1896 (L); Frank Smith 1896 (L); Jim Coombs 1897 (C);
Highlights 1900 - 1909
From 1900 to 1909, Brown enjoyed a .602 winning percentage with 59 wins, 39 losses and 5 ties. Brown also had its first touchdown pass, reception, and receiving touchdown during this decade. In 1910, Walter Camp marveled that Brown was "a year or two ahead of other colleges in the use of a forward pass."
However, two backs stood out as Brown's star players of the decade. Johnny Mayhew '09 was Bruno's star back for three years and was selected to the Walter Camp 1st Team in 1906 and 2nd Team in 1908.
Gustavus (Gus) Russ '06 was Brown's superstar of the day. He started his career as an end and then moved to a back. His 90 points in a season and 30 points in a game are both current Brown records, as is his five touchdowns in a game. He was also an excellent kicker, and made seven extra points in a game twice in his career.
All-Decade Team 1900-1909
* 17 Total Team Members
John Hartigan 1910 (QB); Vic Schwartz 1907 (QB); Thomas Barry 1903 (HB); Johnny Mayhew 1909 (HB); Adrian Regnier 1910 (HB/E); Gustavus Russ 1906 (HB/E); Libe Washburn 1901 (HB); W.P. Bates 1902 (B); Fred Schwinn 1905 (B); Arthur Kirley 1909 (T); Albert Fletcher 1907 (L); Tim Sheehan 1903 (L); A.R. Webb 1905 (L); Joe Colter 1906 (C); Frank Dennie 1909 (E); J.D. Pryor 1908 (E); Carl Raquet 1910 (E);
Highlights 1910 - 1919
Brown's success of the first decade of the 20th century continued into the second, one that would see just two losing seasons. Edward North Robinson '96, once the Bears' star back, became the team's coach in 1910 and Bruno saw immediate results. Robinson was still the coach in 1915 when the team made its first and only Rose Bowl appearance in Pasadena, California.
This All-Decade team is filled with All-Americans who led the team to a 57-30-6 record during the decade: J. Russell McKay '11, who scored 22 points against UMass in 1910; linemen Brenton Smith '11, Charles Sisson '11, Russell Ashbaugh '13, and Daniel Kulp '13; George Crowther '13, who scored on a 110-yard kickoff return against UMass in 1911, a Brown record; Clair Purdy '19, and Joshua Weeks '19.
Once again though, two stars stand out among this group of 14. They are quarterback William (Bill) Sprackling '12 and back Frederick (Fritz) Pollard '19.
Sprackling was one of the nation's best quarterbacks during his time. He threw 10 touchdown passes in his career, was a "brilliant runner," could kick field goals, and was a good defender. Sprackling defined the all-around player that many Brown men sought to be. He was named All-American three times, and is a member of both the Brown Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Pollard was one of Bruno's all-time greatest backs. An All-American in 1916, he is also a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. In 1916, he led Brown to its first sweep over Yale and Harvard, which included a 60-yard punt return against Yale that year. He scored 72 points in his career, and 12 touchdowns in 1916. Walter Camp once called Pollard "one of the greatest runners these eyes have ever seen."
All-Decade Team 1910-1919
21 Total Team Members
George Crowther 1913 (QB); Clair Purdy 1919 (QB); William Sprackling 1912 (QB); Duncan Annan 1920 (HB); Frederick Pollard 1919 (HB); J. Russell McKay 1911 (FB); Harold Andrews 1916 (B); Jake High 1911 (B); Andrew Hillhouse 1919 (B); W. Wallace Wade 1917 (B); Mark Farnum 1918 (T/E); David Henry 1914 (T); Brenton Smith 1911 (T); Daniel Kulp 1913 (G); Ralph Nichols 1920 (G); Edgar Staff 1915 (G); Seth Mitchell 1915 (C); Charles Sisson 1911 (C); Russell Ashbaugh 1913 (E); Furber Marshall 1919 (E); Joshua Weeks 1919 (E);
Highlights 1920 - 1929
The "roaring twenties" were just that for Brown football. The team enjoyed success matched only by the previous two decades. While this All-Decade team includes 10 All-Americans, Brown's success during the period was the result of a collective effort than that of any single individual.
Brown's All-Americans were linemen Frederick Huggins '21, Bert Shurtleff '22, Mian (Mike) Gulian '23, Adolph Eckstein '25, Edwin Kevorkian '29, Louis Farber '29, and Orland Smith '27; and backs Roy (Red) Randall '28, Charles (Bud) Edwards '30, and Harold (Hal) Broda '27, captain of Brown's 1926 "Iron Men" team that finished 9-0-1.
Halfback Jackson Keefer '25 is the lone two-time All-American in the group. Considered "one of Brown's outstanding backs", he led his team to two winning seasons in 1924 and 1925. In 1925 he scored 19 points against UNH and 62 points during the year. Both years he was named an All-American.
All-Decade Team 1920-1929
* 27 Total Team Members
Olaf Oden 1921 (QB); Jackson Keefer 1925 (HB); Edward Lawrence 1928 (HB); David Mishel 1927 (HB); Fred Sweet 1925 (HB); Charles Considine 1928 (FB); Albert Cornsweet 1929 (FB); J.T. Pohlman 1925 (FB); Harold Broda 1927 (B); Charles Edwards 1930 (B); Roy Randall 1928 (B); Mian Gulian 1923 (T); Paul Hodge 1928 (T); Edwin Kevorkian 1929 (T); Quent Reynolds 1924 (T); Orland Smith 1927 (T); John Spellman 1924 (T/E); Louis Farber 1929 (G); Frederick Huggins 1921 (G); Edgar McCrillis 1926 (G); Adolph Eckstein 1925 (C); Bert Shurtleff 1922 (C); J.H. Sheldon 1925 (E); Jim Stifler 1926 (E); John Talbot 1926 (E); Edward Towle 1928 (E); Jay Williams 1921 (E);
Highlights 1930 - 1939
The 1930s were more of a struggle for Brown football, considering the success of the previous three decades. However, they produced both memorable moments and great stars.
Nineteen of the 24 All-Decade Team players were named All-Americans at least once. These names include quarterback William (Linc) Fogarty '31, who captained the 1930 team to a 6-3-1 record and was a star kickoff and punt returner; halfback Charles Blount '40; fullback William (Bill) Karaban '35; backs Robert Chase '33, Joseph Buonnano '34, Frank Foster '38, John McLaughry '40, and William (Bill) Gilbane '33, who captained the 1932 team that played eight consecutive undefeated teams, beating all of them before losing to Colgate in the final game of the season; tackles Paul Mackesey '32, captain of the 7-1 1931 team, and John Cioci '38; lineman Thomas Gilbane '33; ends Joseph Sawyer '32, Frank Meadow '33, Maury Caito '34, and John Prodgers '40; and guards George Lear '35, Jack Hawley '38, and Spencer Mandrodt '40. Of the group, Buonnano and Prodgers were all two-time All-Americans, while McLaughry and Mandrodt were three-time All-Americans.
However, it was halfback Irving (Shine) Hall '39 who stole the show in the late '30s. As a senior in 1938, he scored 69 points and racked up 460 yards rushing. His 57-yard run at Columbia in 1937 set up the tying touchdown in a 7-6 Brown upset. He is a member of the Brown Hall of Fame, and was named an All-American in 1937 and 1938.
All-Decade Team 1930-1939
26 Total Team Members
Robert Chase 1933 (QB); William Fogarty 1931 (QB); Mickey O'Reilly 1936 (HB); Irving Hall 1939 (HB); Charles Blount 1940 (HB); William Karaban 1935 (FB); Thomas Gilbane 1933 (C); William Gilbane 1933 (B); Edmund Gilmartin 1933 (B); Joseph Buonnanno 1934 (B); Frank Foster 1938 (B); John McLaughry 1940 (B); Joseph Schein 1931 (T); Paul Mackesey 1932 (T); John Cioci 1938 (T); William Battles 1939 (T); George Larkowich 1939 (T); George Lear 1935 (G); Jack Hawley 1938 (G); Spencer Manrodt 1940 (G); Joseph Sawyer 1932 (E); Frank Meadow 1933 (E); Maury Caito 1934 (E); J.S. Finklestein 1940 (E); Thomas Nash 1940 (E); John Prodgers 1940 (E);
Highlights 1940 - 1949
The decade of the 1940's produced some of the Bears' greatest players to date. Twenty-three players were named All-Americans during these 10 years, and, though the team's records weren't spectacular, the 1940's was an impressive era for Brown gridders.
Several players stand out among the 33 All-Decade players. Henry (Bob) Margarita '44, Daniel (Doc) Savage '44, Edward Finn '49, Joe Paterno '50, and Charles (Chuck) Nelson '50 were the superstars of their day, and each would make a mark that future Brown players would follow.
Margarita was - and still is - one of Bruno's most celebrated halfbacks. His rushing yard and punt return yard numbers stand tall among Brown's best. In 1941 he scored both Brown touchdowns in a 13-0 victory over Lafayette, and he scored their only touchdown in a 7-0 victory over the same Lafayette team in 1942, a game in which he ran for 176 yards. His 233-yard performance against Columbia in 1942 is still talked about as one of the greatest single games by a Brown back. An All-American in 1941 and 1942, he is a member of the Brown Hall of Fame.
Savage followed Margarita as a star halfback and quarterback. In 1942 he came off the bench with Brown trailing 14-0 against Holy Cross and ran 56 yards for one touchdown, up the middle for the second, and completed a 32-yard pass for the third in a 20-14 upset. That same year, with Brown trailing 31-20 to the Coast Guard Academy with just three minutes left, he completed a 69-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 70 yards for another to seal the victory. He is a member of the Brown Hall of Fame and a two-time All-American.
Finn was Brown's quarterback at the end of the decade, and was a two-time All-American. He passed for 200 yards and three touchdown passes against Princeton in 1947, and finished his career with 28 touchdown passes, still a high achievement in Brown's record books.
Paterno was one of Bruno's greatest defensemen. He still holds the record for most interceptions in a career (14) and most interception yards returned (290). In addition to being an excellent defender, he was also a great punt return man, returning punts for 350 yards during his career.
Nelson is a member of the Brown Hall of Fame and one of Bruno's greatest all-time receivers. Fourteen touchdown receptions during his career was a record until the likes of Sean Morey and Stephen Campbell, and he averaged 23.97 yards per catch from 1947 to 1949, something no Brown receiver has matched since.
All-Decade Team 1940-1949
* 16 Offense * 3 Special Teams * 11 Defense * 30 Total Team Members
Edward Finn 1949 (QB); Jay Pattee 1944 (QB); Bob Margarita 1944 (HB); Ernest Savignano 1942 (HB); Roger Williams 1947 (HB); Arnie Green 1950 (FB); Doc Savage 1944 (FB); Chuck Nelson 1950 (WR); Bob Priestley 1942 (WR); Frank Mahoney 1950 (TE); Don Corzine 1943 (OL); Jay Fidler 1943 (OL); Norm Iacuele 1949 (OL); Lou Regine 1948 (OL); Arnie Soloway 1942 (OL); Gerard "Bucky"Walters 1950 (OL); *Fred Kozak 1951 (P); Joe Condon 1950 (PK); Roy Swingler 1944 (RS); Dick High 1942 (DB); Pat O'Brien 1946 (DB); George Paterno 1950 (DB); Joe Paterno 1950 (DB); Milton Hodosh 1950 (LB); Ed Kiely 1950 (LB); John Scott 1950 (LB); Don Colo 1950 (DL); George Delaney 1943 (DL); James Lalikos 1947 (DL); Williams McLellan 1949 (DL);
*- Kozak was class of 1951, but did not play in 1950, 1949 was his last season.
Highlights 1950 - 1959
The 1950's was somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for the Bears. After starting out the decade with four consecutive losing seasons, Brown enjoyed winning seasons in four out of the final six years, including a 6-2-1 mark in 1954 and a 6-3-0 record in 1958.
Several of Bruno's finest players emerged from the 1950's. Brown's All-Americans during the decade were John Pietro '52, Harry Josephson '55, Peter Kohut '55, James McGuinness '56, Gilbert Robertshaw '58, Donald Warburton '59, Thomas Budrewicz '60, Paul Choquette '60 and Frank Finney '59. Of that group, Warburton and Choquette were chosen twice.
Several players made their marks during the 50s. Kohut, a quarterback, threw for 21 touchdown passes during his career, 5th all-time at Brown. Don Cotti picked off 11 passes during his years, also 5th among Bruno's defenders. Choquette, a standout fullback and linebacker, ran for 1,555 yards during his career, a Brown record at the time. Choquette was later named to the Ivy League's Silver Anniversary team.
But the star of the decade was Finney, Brown's quarterback from 1956 to 1958. A member of the Brown Hall of Fame, Finney was an All-American, an All-Ivy selection (first and second teams), and the winner of the Bulger Lowe Award in 1958, given to the outstanding player in New England. He finished his career with 116 points, including 20 in a victory over Harvard in 1958, and 74 during that season. His 5.28 yards-per-play ranks 8th among Brown players of the past and present, and he excelled on defense, intercepting 10 passes during his career. Though never a captain, Finney was a leader on his team, and he led the Bears to three consecutive winning seasons at the end of the decade.
All-Decade Team 1950-1959
* 16 Offense * 3 Special Teams * 11 Defense * 30 Total Team Members
Frank Finney 1959 (QB); Pete Kohut 1955 (QB); Tommy Thompson 1956 (HB); Archie Williams 1956 (HB); Paul Choquette Jr. 1960 (FB); Peter Bartuska 1956 (WR); Dick Bence 1957 (WR); Harry Josephson 1955 (TE); Bill Traub 1959 (TE); Charles Brown 1955 (OL); Tom Budrewicz 1960 (OL); Lloyd Hill 1951 (OL); Jim McGuinnes 1956 (OL); John O'Brien 1955 (OL); Gil Robertshaw 1958 (OL); Don Warburton 1959 (OL); Bob MacConnell 1952 (P); Marty Moran 1958 (PK); Ken Kessaris 1954 (RS); Don Cottey 1954 (DB); Walter Pastusak 1951 (DB); Ev Pearson 1955 (DB); Dave Zucconi 1955 (DB); Dick Crews 1957 (LB); Mike Reilly 1955 (LB); Jerry Haverty 1954 (LB); Bill Klaess 1955 (DL); Larry Kalesnik 1958 (DL); Gil Robertshaw 1959 (DL); Phil Noel 1954 (DL);
Highlights 1960 - 1969
While the 1960's didn't produce a lot of victories on the gridiron, the era was punctuated by some extraordinary individual performances that would go down in the record books.
With five All-Americans and 11 All-Ivy selections, the Bears had their share of good players, particularly three solid all-around players who made their mark during their careers.
John Parry '65 is considered one of Brown's strongest wide receivers of all time. A two-time All-American and two-time All-Ivy Leaguer, he finished his career with 96 touchdown receptions, a mark that stands near the top of the Bears' stellar receiving corps at the end of the century. Parry would later become Brown's Director of Athletics.
Joe Randall '67, Bruno's punter from 1964 to 1966, was selected to the All-Ivy team twice. He finished his career with a punt average of 40 yards-per-punt, the best in Brown's history, and for that he is a member of the Brown Hall of Fame.
Quarterback Bob Hall '66 was a team leader during his 3 years at the helm of the offense. An All-American and All-Ivy selection, Hall earned the Bulger Lowe Award as the best player in New England in 1965. Not only an excellent quarterback, Hall was a great athlete, finishing with 3,214 yards of total offense during his career, a number that included his passing yards as well as his impressive kickoff return yards.
All-Decade Team 1960-1969
* 14 Offense * 3 Special Teams * 13 Defense * 30 Total Team Members
Bob Hall 1966 (QB); Tom Lemire 1969 (HB); Jan Moyer 1964 (HB); John Kelly 1965 (HB) Steve Wormith 1969 (FB); John Hutchinson 1967 (WR); John Parry 1965 (WR); Bob Seiple 1965 (WR); John Olsen 1968 (TE); Jim Bruen 1970 (OL); Gerry Bucci 1964 (OL); Al Moser 1967 (OL); Gerry Murphy 1969 (OL); Mark Seliga 1968 (OL); Joe Randall 1967 (P); Tom Mennell 1967 (PK); Dave Jollin 1968 (RS); Don Carcieri 1965 (DB); Wynn Jessup 1967 (DB); Bill Peters 1966 (DB); John Rallis 1969 (DB); Terry Walsh 1965 (DB); Jerry Batty 1968 (LB); Ralph Duerre 1965 (LB); Tom Whidden 1968 (LB); Terry Zerngast 1966 (LB); John Adamiak 1968 (DL); Tony Matteo 1964 (DL); Howie Miller 1967 (DL); Steve Yablonski 1968 (DL);
Highlights 1970 - 1979
For the first three years of the 1970's it looked as though the struggles Brown endured during the 60s were there to stay. From 1970 through 1972, the Bears' record was 3-24, but things were about to change.
John Anderson took over as head coach of the Bears in 1973 and guaranteed a winning season. His prediction came to fruition with a 4-3-1 season in 1973, highlighted by victories over Yale and Princeton. That was followed by a 5-4 season in 1974, and a 6-2-1 mark in 1975. The Bears were back, winning 27 games from 1976 through 1979, which was bested only by the Brown teams of the late 1990's.
Individually, quarterback Pete Beatrice '75 and wide receiver Chip Regine '73 put up some of the greatest numbers in Brown's history. Beatrice finished his career with 3,015 yards passing, which included 19 tosses for touchdowns. Meanwhile, Regine, his favorite receiver, finished his career with 93 receptions, including 13 against Columbia and 12 against Cornell in 1972.
Brown's 1976 team claimed its place in Brown football history with Brown's first-ever Ivy League championship. One of the best defensive squads in the country, Bruno finished with an 8-1 mark, a record that included a 14-6 victory over Yale, a 3-0 victory over URI, and a 16-14 victory over Harvard.
Linebacker Scott Nelson '77 was the Bears' defensive leader. He had 93 tackles in '76, the high mark on an excellent defense. Quarterback Paul Michelko '77 led the offense from scrimmage while split end Bob Farnham '77 turned in a year worthy of an All-American selection.
Farnham would finish his career as one of Bruno's greatest receivers. He caught 108 passes for 1,390 yards during his three years, which included 14 receptions against Cornell in 1975 and 12 in Brown's 35-21 victory over Dartmouth in 1976.
All-Decade Team 1970-1979
* 15 Offense * 3 Special Teams * 12 Defense * 30 Total Team Members
Paul Michalko 1977 (QB); Mark Whipple 1979 (QB); Kevin Slattery 1976 (HB); Marty Moran 1980 (FB); Bob Farnham 1977 (WR); Mark Farnham 1980 (WR); Chip Regine 1973 (WR); Charlie Watkins 1978 (WR); Ken O'Keefe 1976 (TE); Dan Detore 1976 (OL); Bob Forster 1979 (OL); Steve Frager 1974 (OL); Steve Narr 1978 (OL); Mike Prairie 1977 (OL); John Sinnott 1980 (OL); Tom Thurow 1979 (P); Jose Violante 1976 (PK); Joe Jamiel 1980 (RS); Ron Brown 1979 (DB); Tom Clark 1976 (DB); Luke Gaffney 1979 (DB); Mike Kachmer 1980 (DB); Lou Cole 1978 (LB); Scott Nelson 1977 (LB); Paul Serrano 1976 (LB); Phil Bartlett 1976 (DL); Bill Kairit 1975 (DL); Mike Lancaster 1979 (DL); Kevin Rooney 1978 (DL); Bill Taylor 1975 (DL);
The success of the 1970's bred a transition period in the 1980's with John Anderson stepping down as head coach in 1983, and being replaced by John Rosenberg.
Jamie Potkul '86 became the first runner in Brown history to rush for 1,000 yards when he scampered for 1,015 yards in 1985. Potkul finished his career as the all-time rusher in Brown history with 2,159 yards.
One of the greatest tight ends in Brown and NFL history, Steve Jordan roamed the gridiron for the Bears from 1979-1981, redefining the role of the tight end position in collegiate football. He set a Brown record for receiving yards in a game with 188 yards against Penn, and came close to breaking receiving records for reception yards in a season and career. Jordan went on to become a 10-time All-Pro tight end with the Minnesota Vikings.
The era of the 1980's also brought an end to the Farnham Family nine-year reign as outstanding wide receivers at Brown. Paul Farnham '82 was the last of the three Farnham brothers to attend Brown, and finished his career as the seventh top receiver in Brown history. His brothers Bobby '76 and Mark '80, were the number one and two top receivers, respectively, in the Brown record book.
The Bears challenged for the Ivy League title in 1987, posting a 5-2 Ivy mark to finish second. All-Ivy defensive standouts Walt Cataldo '88 and Bill Perry '88 sparked the Brown defense.
Two-time first team All-Ivy linebacker John Woodring '81 capped off a terrific career with a school record 135 tackles in 1980, the third straight season he led the Bears in tackles. He went on to enjoy a five-year career with the New York Jets.
All-Decade Team 1980-1989
* 14 Offense * 3 Special Teams * 13 Defense * 30 Total Team Members
Larry Carbone 1981 (QB); Joe Potter 1984 (QB); Jamie Potkul 1986 (HB); Brian Heffernan 1986 (FB); Paul Farnham 1985 (WR); Dave Fielding 1986 (WR); Steve Jordan 1982 (TE); Rich Collett 1987 (OL); Brian Daly 1987 (OL); Bob Mangiacotti 1984 (OL); Jon McCabe 1981 (OL); Jeff Nikora 1984 (OL); George Pfeffer 1988 (OL); Mike Small 1987 (OL); Alex Kos 1988 (P); Chris Ingerslev 1986 (PK); Keiron Bigby 1987 (RS); Walt Cataldo 1988 (DB); Jeff Gradinger 1983 (DB); Greg Kylish 1989 (DB); Scott McCaleb 1988 (DB); Pat McCormack 1986 (LB); Brian Murphy 1987 (LB); John Prassas 1981 (LB); John Woodring 1981 (LB); Gary Cloutier 1984 (DL); John Daniel 1984 (DL); Chuck McGrath 1983 (DL); Ted Moskala 1986 (DL); Bill Perry 1988 (DL);
The resurgence of Brown football can be traced to the mid-1990's with the naming of Mark Whipple '79 as head coach of the Bears in 1994, followed by Phil Estes in 1998. While head coach Mickey Kwiatkowski began recruiting many of the players who helped the Bears in the mid-1990's, it was Whipple's offense that changed the face of Ivy League football with a wide-open passing offense, and Estes that led the Bears to the Ivy title.
Brown's high-powered offense of the 1990's and early 2000's set school, Ivy League and national records. As one player would set a passing, receiving or rushing record, another player would shatter that record just a few years later.
Jason McCullough '97 was the first quarterback to set the record-breaking trend, setting a Brown passing record in his first collegiate start against Rhode Island in 1994. James Perry '00 took over the quarterback job in 1997 and went on to become the Ivy League all-time career passer, setting records for passing yards (9,294), completions (309) and touchdowns (74).
While Whipple set the table for Brown's offensive resurgence, Estes took the offense to a new level by incorporating the running game as an integral part of the offense. The Bears captured the Ivy League championship in 1999 with Perry directing the offense and Michael Malan '02 rushing for nearly 1,000 yards. Malan went on to have back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons in 2000 and 2001 to become the all-time rusher in Brown history with 3,266 yards, eclipsing the mark of 3,098 set by Marquis Jessie '97.
Brown also became known as Receiver U. in this period. Since 1996, Brown has featured three first team All-American wide receivers and two first team All-American tight ends. Sean Morey '99 was a first team All-American wide receiver in 1997 after being named the Ivy League Player of the Year. He played for the Patriots and Eagles in the NFL. Stephen Campbell '01 earned first Team All-American accolades in 2000 after setting an NCAA record with 120 receptions. Chas Gessner '03 led the nation in receiving in 2001 and 2002 and was named a first team All-American. Brown tight ends Paul Choquette '96 and Zach Burns '98 were also first team All-American selections.
All-Decade Team 1990-2002
* 20 Offense * 3 Special Teams * 13 Defense * 36 Total Team Members
Jason McCullough 1997 (QB); James Perry 2001 (QB); Marquis Jessie 1997 (HB;) Mike Malan 2002 (HB); Mike Wall 1999 (FB); Sean Morey 1999 (WR); Stephen Campbell 2001 (WR); Chas Gessner 2003 (WR); Mike Geroux 1991 (WR); Rod Torbert 1992 (WR); Zach Burns 1999 (TE); Paul Choquette III 1997 (TE); Rene Abdallah 1995 (OL); Tom Condon 1992 (OL); Tim Hevesy 1999 (OL); Drew Inzer 2001 (OL); Dan McClutchy 1998 (OL); Paul Sloan 1997 (OL); Walton Smith 1994 (OL); Jason Wargin 2001 (OL); Tom Routt 1998 (P); Bob Warden 1995 (PK); Brett Brown 1993 (RS); Greg Parker 1997 (DB); Roderic Parson 1999 (DB); Alex Pittz 1999 (DB); Eugene Smith 1995 (DB); Jamaal Stephenson 1997 (DB); Joe Karcutskie 1998 (LB); Louis Ames 2001 (LB); Todd Hunter 1994 (LB); Brendan Finneran 1997 (DL); Fry Wernick 1999 (DL); Tony Quarnaccio 1996 (DL); Brett Atkins 1994 (DL); Reid Smith 1991 (DL);