May 27, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ed McCarthy, who is considered among the most decorated players in Yale football history, has been named the winner of the William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior male at Yale. The award was presented at the May 27 Class Day ceremonies.
The award citation reads, "William Neely Mallory Award, given to the senior man who on the field of play and in life at Yale best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition." McCarthy's inspirational play made him the perfect choice for the award named after the Yale Class of 1924 athlete.
McCarthy, a Fairfield, Conn., native, earned four different (Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, The Sports Network, Walter Camp) All-America honors as Yale's top offensive lineman during the Bulldogs' 2006 Ivy League Championship season. He helped Yale's offense rank No. 1 in rushing among Ivy teams (15th in I-AA) with 200.80 yards per game. In addition, he won the Gridiron Club of Boston's Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments as well as exemplary citizenship.
The history major with a 3.69 GPA also was a finalist for the Draddy Award, college football's top academic prize, and was honored by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame as a scholar-athlete. The Bulldog lineman also garnered academic all-district and All-Ivy honors the last two years.
McCarthy, a four-year starter who played every position on the offensive line, was honored by the Ivy League all four years. He was the first offensive lineman in league history to claim a major award when he was the Ancient Eight's rookie of the year in 2003. McCarthy was a 2004 second-team All-Ivy choice and made the first-team the last two falls.
His leadership efforts have not been limited to the playing field. McCarthy volunteered as an intern for the Bridgeport Public Defender's Office and for the New Haven Legal Assistance Group the last two summers. He helped provide counsel for people who could not afford lawyers. He also helped in the benefits unit where he assisted the poor and mentally ill obtain social security and medicare.
McCarthy, the son of Mary and the late John McCarthy, was the top scholar-athlete at Fairfield Prep and played both football and rugby. He is a member of Ezra Stiles College.