March 13, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four former Yale student-athletes were among the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes, released as part of the NCAA's Centennial Celebration on Monday. President George H.W. Bush '48, Calvin Hill '69, Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong '70 and Dr. Benjamin Spock '24 were Yale's honorees, giving the Bulldogs the most selections of any Ivy League school.
Bush, a former Yale baseball player, was listed at No. 17, making him the highest-ranked Ivy League student-athlete. Former UCLA baseball, basketball, football and track and field star Jackie Robinson was No. 1. President Gerald Ford, who played football at Michigan before getting his law degree from Yale in 1941, was listed at No. 14.
Dr. Spock, who was on the crew team at Yale and won a gold medal in the Olympics, was listed at No. 33.
Hill, a football and track star at Yale who went on to play with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, was listed at No. 71.
Dr. Ohene-Frempong, a soccer and track athlete at Yale, was listed at No. 82.
The list was presented in a special two-hour show on ESPN Classic.
The selections were made by a panel consisting of college and university presidents, athletics directors, NCAA committee members, conference office representatives, SAAC representatives and NCAA staff.
"The list of 100 student-athletes represents the best of what college sports and higher education bring to our society," said NCAA President Myles Brand. "Their collective positive impact serves as a model for today's student-athletes."
Further details on the NCAA's Centennial Celebration are available at http://web1.ncaa.org/cent/
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity