Calvin Hill to be Honored at IFA dinner

Calvin Hill to be Honored at IFA dinner

Former Yale, NFL Star Representing Bulldogs


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Calvin Hill '69, the former collegiate All-American and National Football League All-Pro running back, is Yale's honoree at the 2013 Ivy Football Association (IFA) Dinner on Feb. 7 in the Broadway Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis.

This is the seventh edition of the biennial IFA event that has included past Yale recipients Henry G. "Hank" Higdon '63 (2011), Stone Phillips '77 (2009), Jerome P. Kenney '63 (2007), Charles B. Johnson '54 (2005), Kenneth L. Wolfe '61 (2003) and Kurt L. Schmoke '71 (2001).

A 5:30 p.m. reception precedes a 7:00, black-tie dinner featuring former Yale defensive star and master of ceremonies, Jack Ford '72. The event chairmen are former Yale running back William G. Primps  '71 and Gary R. Vura, Penn '83.  For more information on the event, go to

Hill excelled as an executive andconsultant to several professional sports franchises, while being a spokesperson for professional and collegiate sports. Since 1997, he has been a consultant to Jerry Jones and The Dallas Cowboys Football Club.

His post-NFL career has also included numerous executive, board and consulting assignments for professional teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, the San Diego Padres and the Cleveland Browns.

In 1994, Hill received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, and in 1998 he received the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Man of the Year Award. He was a 2001 recipient of the George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale, while earning a Doak Walker Legends Award in 2009.

Born in Baltimore, Hill is an alumnus of the Riverdale Country School in New York. He graduated from Yale with a BA in history. While at Yale, he was a member of Battel Chapel Deacons, Delta Kappa Epsilon, St. Elmo's Society, and Black Students at Yale.

Excelling on the gridiron, he was a two-time All-Ivy selection, breaking Albie Booth's record for career touchdowns. As a track & field athlete, he set Yale records in the long and triple jumps that stood for many years.

In 1969 he was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He earned NFL Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors that year. After spending six years in Dallas (Super Bowls V and VI), where he became the team's first 1,000-yard rusher, Hill's career continued with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Hill resides in Great Falls, Va., with his wife, Janet. Their son, Grant, played basketball at Duke and is now in his 15th year in the NBA, currently with the Los Angeles Clippers.


Thomas G. Catena, M.D.
Humanitarian Surgeon Practicing in War-Torn Sudan

Marcellus Wiley
Former NFL Pro-Bowler, ESPN Personality
Community Activist

Tim Ring
Chairman and CEO, C.R. Bard, Inc.
Civic and Philanthropic Leader

Willie Bogan
Senior Executive, McKesson Corporation
Community Leader

Jerry Jordan
Co-Founder and Chairman, Hellman Jordan Management Company
Leading Philanthropist

Robert Wolf
Founder & CEO, 32 Advisors
Former CEO, UBS Americas
Member, President's Council on Jobs & Competitiveness

Robert H.B. Baldwin
Former Chairman of the Board, Morgan Stanley
Former Under Secretary, U.S. Navy

Calvin Hill
All-Pro, NFL Rookie of the Year
Dallas Cowboys Professional Sports Executive and Advisor
YALE '69


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director