Bill Hollenback was regarded as one of the great football players during the first decade of the 20th Century. The fullback on Walter Camp’s 1908 All-American team, he played several positions on Pennsylvania varsity teams between 1904 and 1908, playing on teams which had combined records of 41-3-4, and captaining the undefeated (11-0-1) team of 1908. He scored the Quakers’ final touchdown of that season during a 17-0 victory over Cornell.
Hollenback received a degree in dentistry from Pennsylvania, but never practiced as a dentist. Instead he went right into football coaching after graduation, at Penn State, Missouri, Pennsylvania Military College and Syracuse, retiring from that profession in 1916. He remained active in collegiate football by becoming a game official, while also bcoming an executive in the coal industry.
Hollenback was elected to the National Football Hall of Fame in 1951, and to the Helms Foundation Football Hall of Fame in 1959. The name “Hollenback” will forever be associated with Pennsylvania athletics because of the Hollenback Center, the training center located adjacent to the River Fields Complex.