Brian Dowling (American football)

Brian Dowling (American football)

NFL player

Name=Brian Dowling
DateOfBirth=Birth date and age|1947|4|1|mf=y
College=Yale University
teams=Minnesota Vikings (camp)
New England Patriots
Charlotte Hornets (WFL)
Green Bay Packers

Brian John Dowling was the starting quarterback of the Yale University football team in the late 1960s. He set, and held for decades, a number of Yale passing records. Dowling finished 9th in vote for the 1968 Heisman Trophy, and was awarded the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship in 1967.

The 1968 team was undefeated and heavily favored going into The Game against Harvard University, but after trailing 29–13 with less than a minute remaining, Harvard rallied to tie the game, which ended with a score of 29–29. In Cambridge the game is remembered as the greatest Ivy League game ever played,Fact|date=February 2007 inspiring the Harvard Crimson to print the headline "Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29;" New Haveners, on the other hand continue to harbor some disappointment. Dowling at that point had not lost a game he started since the sixth grade, a streak he was able to preserve, technically, by virtue of the tie.

Dowling played briefly in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, but cut in training camp. He had two touchdown passes over his three-year professional career.

The character B.D., in the Doonesbury comic strip, was originally based on Dowling, a Yale classmate of cartoonist Garry Trudeau. []

After his career ended, Dowling became a sportscaster. In 1986, he was the lead play by play announcer for PBS.

External links

* [ The story of The Game, 1968, by Ted Mandell.]
* [ Dowling's professional statistics at]
* [ Helmet worn as a Hornet in the WFL]
* [ Patriots Page]

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