November 15, 2010

Calvin Hill Presented With Doak Walker Legends Award

Honored During Halftime Of Saturday's Win Over Princeton

NEW HAVEN, Conn – One of Yale's all-time football greats was on hand on Saturday at Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field to see the Bulldogs knock off Princeton and receive special recognition. Calvin Hill '69, who starred for Yale in the late 1960s, was presented with the Doak Walker Legends Award.

The Award was created in 1998 as a tribute to the former SMU All-American and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner. Hill, on the field for a halftime presentation, was recognized for his extraordinary career as a collegiate running back and his exemplary record of leadership in the community. 

Hill led Yale to Ivy League championships in 1967 and 1968 and was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1969, earning NFL Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors in his inaugural year. In 1972, Hill became the first Cowboy back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. The four-time Pro Bowl selection played 12 seasons in the NFL. 

Hill was joined on the field by Yale President Richard Levin, Director of Athletics Tom Beckett, former Yale players Irving Jensen '54 and Erik Jensen '63 and Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football.

Photo caption: Calvin Hill and Yale President Richard Levin (Gretchen Ertl/dspics.com)