Jan. 23, 2009
Former Yale quarterback Stone Phillips '77 was one of eight distinguished alums honored at the fifth Ivy Football Association Dinner last night at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria.
Each honoree played on an Ivy League football team and has become preeminent in a chosen field. The football alumni association at each school, working with the athletic directors, selected the 2009 honorees.
Phillips, Yale's top passer in 1975 and 1976, led the Blue to a 15-3 mark over the two campaigns with an Ivy title his senior year.
He transferred his athletic and leadership skills into becoming one of the top television journalists. Phillips was the principal anchor for 15 years on the award-winning (39 Emmys and four Peabodys during his tenure) newsmagazine Dateline NBC.
Phillips was greeted with a rousing rendition of "Bulldog, Bulldog" from the Yale contingent in attendance. His remarks included expressing appreciation for lessons learned from Yale coaching legend Carm Cozza and his assistant, Harry Jacunski, a former National Football League player and a college coach for more than 40 years.
A pair of Ivy League graduates and award-winning TV journalists handled the introductions. Ex-Yale defensive back Jack Ford '73, who may be best known for his days on ABC's Good Morning America and now anchors truTV (formerly Court TV), served as the master of ceremonies. He shared the podium with Brown graduate Chris Berman, the award-winning ESPN anchor.
Ivy Football Association's Class of 2009
Steven R. Jordan
Senior Project Manager, Ryan Companies Inc., Former Pro-Bowl Tight End, Minnesota
Vikings; BROWN '82
Robert K. Kraft
Founder, Chairman, CEO, The Kraft Group; Owner, New England Patriots; COLUMBIA '63
Television and Film Actor, Former NFL Player; CORNELL '72
Former Director of Athletics, Syracuse University; Former Head Coach, Dartmouth College; DARTMOUTH '60
John Chester Culver
Former U.S. Congressman and Senator from the State of Iowa; HARVARD '54
Robert A. Fox
Chairman and CEO, R.A.F. Industries Inc.; PENNSYLVANIA '52
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense; PRINCETON '54
Award-Winning Television Journalist; YALE '77
release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director