T. Truxtun Hare, a member of the Class of 1900, laid the groundwork for many of the stories and legends that University of Pennsylvania football has come to represent.  Hare was a four-time All-American – the first of just four collegiate football athletes to ever earn that distinction.  In his junior and senior years, he captained the Quakers, which went 47-5-2 during Hare’s four years on the gridiron.


Hare was a guard who, in coach George Woodruff’s “guards-back” scheme, found himself carrying the bal in unstoppable fashion.  In a time when athletes couldn’t return to the game after being substituted, Hare played every minute of all 54 games in which he competed.


Standing six feet, two inches off the ground and weighing 208 pounds, Hare also had duties blocking and punting, and he was elected into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1953.  As a member of the Penn track team, Hare finished second in the hammer throw – by less than two feet – behind the world record holder at the 1900 Paris Olympics.  In addition, Hare competed in the shot put.