The Sesquicentennial All-Crimson Team

Head shots of football players divided between offense and defense

Offense clockwise from top: William H. Lewis, Ham Fish, Justice Shelton-Mosley, Endicott Peabody, Ryan Fitzpatrick | black and White photographs in the public domain; Fitzpatrick by Jim Harrison; Shelton-mosley by Gil Talbot/harvard athletic communications

Defense clockwise from top: George Owen, Jordan Hill, Barry Wood, Ma Newell | black and White photographs in the public domain; Hill courtesy of harvard athletic communications

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Harvard is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Crimson football. To commemorate the occasion, we have undertaken the daunting task of choosing the greatest players in the program’s history. (A tough job, but someone had to do it.) Our panel includes four who are steeped in Harvard football. They are: yours truly; Joseph Bertagna ’73, author of Crimson in Triumph: A Pictorial History of Harvard Athletics, 1852-1986; John T. Bethell ’54, former editor of Harvard Magazine, who served as “Cleat,” the publication’s football writer, from 1971 to 2014; and John Powers ’70, longtime sportswriter for the Boston Globe and contributor to The Third Harvard H Book of Athletics 1963-2022. After much spirited, sometimes agonizing, but always collegial debate, we arrived at these choices.

 

Offense

First Team

Second Team

TIGHT END
Kyle Juszczyk ’13
Cam Brate ’14
OFFENSIVE LINE
Ham Fish 1910
Robert Fisher 1912
Dan Jiggetts ’76
Endicott Peabody ’42
Matt Birk ’98
Roger Caron ’84-’85
Mike Clare ’01
Stan Pennock 1915
CENTER
William H. Lewis LL.B 1893
Ben Ticknor ’31
QUARTERBACK
Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05
Neil Rose ’03
RUNNING BACK
Clifton Dawson ’07
Eddie Mahan 1916
Eddie Casey 1919
Chris Menick ’00
WIDE RECEIVER
Pat McInally ’75
Carl Morris ’03
Corey Mazza ’07-’08
Matt Luft ’10
KICKER
Charlie Brickley 1915
Jake McIntyre ’20
KICKER RETURNER
Colby Skelton ’98
Justice Shelton-Mosley ’19

 

Defense

First Team

Second Team

DEFENSIVE LINE
Bob Baggott ’78
Desmond Bryant ’08
Tack Hardwick 1915
Zack Hodges ’15
Dave Campbell 1902
Truman Jones ’23
Ma Newell 1894
Bob Shaunessy ’59
LINEBACKERS
Joe Azelby ’84
Dante Balestracci ’04
Isaiah Kacyvenski ’00
Don Chiofaro ’68
Don Peterson ’89
Jordan Hill ’20
DEFENSIVE BACKS
Andrew Berry ’09
Cecil Cox ’86
Bill Emper ’77
Barry Wood ’32
Charley Brewer 1896
Ken O’Donnell ’49
George Owen 1923
Steve Williams ’08
PUNTER
Jacob Dombrowski ’13
Samuel Felton 1913

 

HONORABLE MENTION 

OFFENSE
TE: Ben Braunecker ’15, Pete Varney ’71
OL: Mike Corbat ’83, Herman Gundlach ’35, Charles Hubbard 1924, Howard Houston ’50, Tommy Lee Jones ’69 C: Nick Easton ’14, Noah Van Niel ’08
QB: Colton Chapple ’13, Charlie Daly 1901, Scott Hosch ’16
RB: Aidan Borguet ’23, Dick Clasby ’54, Vic Gatto ’69, Bobby Leo ’67
WR: Terrence Patterson ’00
K: David Mothander ’14 KR: Marco Iannuzzi ’11
 
DEFENSE
DL: Chuck Durst ’81, Thor Griffith ’24, Josue Ortiz-Santana ’12
LB: Josh Boyd ’13, Bobby Everett ’05, Gary Farneti ’71
DB: Pat Conway ’67, Rocky Delgadillo ’82, John Dockery ’66
P: Gary Singleterry ’70, Jon Sot ’22
 
COACHES
Tim Murphy (1994-present), Percy D. Haughton A.B. 1899 (1908-16), Joseph Restic (1971-93)

 

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