You might know Dartmouth for its rich history and strong academics, but athletics have always been a big part of the school. If you attended Dartmouth during your college years, you’ve probably had the pleasure of watching an excellent Dartmouth football team. Throughout the history of Dartmouth, more than 40 Dartmouth football players have gone on to play professionally.
With dozens of Ivy League conference championships and alumni like Reggie Williams, Dennis Durkin, and Jay Fiedler, Dartmouth has been one of the most consistent Ivy League football programs. From on-field achievements to long lists of personal achievements, Dartmouth football players have seen a lot of success after their time at school.
Reggie Williams: Success at Every Level
When you’re talking about Dartmouth football players who went on to play in the pros, you have to talk about Reggie Williams. A linebacker from 1973 to 1975, Williams made the American Football Coaches Association All-American Team in 1975 and earned several other honors during his playing time.
After his three-year stint with the Big Green, Williams was drafted in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals and elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. During his 14-year NFL career, Reggie Williams recorded 16 interceptions and 23 fumble recoveries to set a Bengals franchise record. From his NFL All-Rookie Team selection in 1976 to his NFL Man of the Year award in 1986, Williams had a long and successful NFL career.
Dennis Durkin: A Kicker You Can Count On
The kicking game is an overlooked part of football, but few players have had a bigger impact on Dartmouth football than Dennis Durkin. Dartmouth won three consecutive Ivy League Championships in 1990, 1991 and 1992, and Dennis Durkin played a key role as a near-perfect placekicker.
During the 1992 season — Durkin’s senior year — he was a perfect 13-for-13 on field goals, which was good enough to earn a First Team All-Ivy spot and a First Team AP All-American selection. As the third-leading scorer in the history of Dartmouth Big Green football, Durkin still holds several career and season records at Dartmouth.
After earning an MBA from Harvard, Dennis Durkin journeyed into the business world and found success there as well. From helping to grow Microsoft and Activision Blizzard to his time at On Running, Durkin has been successful on and off the field.
Jay Fiedler: Passing the Competition
If you watched NFL football during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Jay Fiedler might be a familiar name to you. As one of the top quarterbacks in Dartmouth football history, Fiedler made his way to the NFL and helped the Dolphins transition after Dan Marino retired. In fact, Fiedler led the Dolphins to at least 10 wins in three of his four seasons with the team. Through 11 seasons, Fiedler started 60 games and won 37 of them.
Big Green Hall of Famers
Williams, Durkin, and Fiedler may be some of the best-known names in Dartmouth football history, but Dartmouth has produced several College Football Hall of Famers, including:
- Clarence “Fat” Spears
- Edward Healey
- Andrew Oberlander
- Myles Lane
- William Morton
- Bob MacLeod
Dartmouth may not be a Power Five school, but Big Green football has a history of success both on and off the field. From Dennis Durkin and his business success to Reggie Williams’ 14-year NFL career and Edward Healey’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, Dartmouth football alumni have seen a lot of success over the years.