Fred Doelling helped lead the 1959 Penn football team to its first-ever Ivy League title. At the conclusion of that season, he received several honors, First-Team Associated Press All-East, All-American Honorable Mention from the Associated Press and United Press International and First-Team All-Ivy League. He was also named Second-Team All-ECAC.
A very versatile player, Doelling played on both sides of the ball, serving as the lead rusher on the offense, and punting and receiving kicks for special teams. Upon graduation, he was the career leader in punts with 33, averaging 34.7 yards per kick.
Doelling led the Red and Blue for three consecutive seasons in rushing with a Penn record of 1,558 yards on 305 carries for an average of five yards per carry. He is one of only five players in program history to have led the Red and Blue in rushing for three straight seasons.
He was the Quakers leader as a senior, topping Penn charts in scoring with 44 points (seven touchdowns, 2 PAT), and rushing for a total of 707 yards on 100 carries for a seven-yard average per carry. He also had three interceptions on defense.
Doelling has the distinction of being one of only 67 Penn players to have ever played professional football. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1960. He is also the last Penn player selected to play in the Chicago Tribune's annual All-Star game pitting pro-bound college seniors against NFL champions.