A true bulldog on the football field, Jack came about at the perfect time -- Head Coach George Munger’s famed “Mungermen” were just starting to take hold of the national consciousness, playing a powerhouse schedule before capacity crowds at famed Franklin Field.
In just his third varsity game, Jack and his 150-pound frame intercepted four passes against Princeton -- a record that still stands in the Penn record book, 68 years later. Two weeks after that performance, he picked off a pass against Navy and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown as the Quakers shut out the storied Midshipmen, 20-0. Jack finished that season with nine interceptions, another record that is still intact, as the Quakers went 6-1-1 with the only loss coming at Michigan. A year later, Penn went 7-1 (losing only to Navy), and his senior year the team went 5-3-1. During those three years, Penn did not lose to an Ivy League team -- the only “blemish” being a 6-6 tie with Princeton in 1942 -- and outscored its opponents by a combined 595-206 with seven shutouts.
For his career, Jack picked off 13 passes, which is still just one off the school mark now held by Chuck Bednarik (1946-48) and Tim Chambers (1982-84). Jack also lettered in basketball and track for Penn, and is noted for pole vaulting better than 13 feet. As a senior, he was honored with the University’s Class of 1915 Award.
Following graduation, Jack was pressed into duty for World War II where he served as a PT boat commander in the Philippine Islands, and when he returned in 1946 he served as Penn’s director of freshman athletics and head coach of the freshman football team. From 1948-50 he was Munger’s backfield coach with the varsity. He continued to serve the football staff as an advanced scout.
However, Jack’s greatest contribution to Penn Athletics may have come after all of that -- after Munger stepped down as head coach, Jack organized the Varsity Football Club and served as its first president, which was exclusive of the University but designed to help independently. That group became the genesis for what is now the athletic department’s Weightman Fund.