Barney Berlinger, Jr. followed in his father’s athletic footsteps at Pennsylvania. A member of both the football and track teams, Berlinger set a then-school record of 14-feet, 4 ˝ inches in the pole vault, an event where his father had set a school record 30 years earlier.
But it was on the football field that Berlinger left his mark at Pennsylvania. In 1958 he was the first Red and Blue player to be selected a first-team all-Ivy League performer, at end, and repeated that first-team selection in 1959 when he captained Pennsylvania’s first Ivy League championship team. He was the team’s leading pass receiver as both a junior and senior.
Like his father, he was awarded the Class of 1915 Award as that member of the senior class who, “most closely approaches the ideal University of Pennsylvania student-athlete.” He also received the Edgar Church Award from his football teammates as the senior player who had given the most to the team.