Brian Dowling

Induction Year: 2001 Sport: Football

He was –still is– an athletic legend at St. Ignatius High School and later at Yale. At St. Ignatius he led his team to a City Basketball title by sinking four free throws in the title game’s last 34 seconds to turn a 13 point deficit into a 53-50 victory, and made the state tennis doubles finals as a sophomore and the regional singles finals as a senior. But it was as a football quarterback he was to achieve bigger-than-life status. In six high school and college seasons he played in just one losing game, that as a prep junior in 1963, when injuries sent him to a hospital at half-time of the City Championship Charity Game. He avenged that loss to the next Charity Game, breaking loose for a 71-yard TD run and passing for four touchdowns in a 48-6 rout. At Yale, his team was 21-0-1 in games he played, 5-6 in games he missed with injuries. The tie came in his final collegiate game when Harvard scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to earn a 29-29 draw and a share of Ivy League title with Yale. The previous year his 66-yd. touchdown pass with 2:16 left had beaten the Crimson, 24-22, for the Ivy League Crown. An honorable mention All-American and the Outstanding Player in New England as a senior, he currently lives in Lowell, Mass.