Former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 will start for the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots this Sunday.
Harvard University’s own Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 will get the nod this weekend at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills as they take on the New England Patriots. The alum played in 10 games last year for the Bills while fighting with embattled quarterback Trent Edwards for time. He completed 127 of 227 pass attempts for a completion rate of 55.9 percent while throwing for 1,422 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Fitzpatrick has wrestled the job away from long-time starter Edwards with coach Chan Galley intimating that Fitzpatrick could keep the spot if he performs well. While at Harvard, Fitzpatrick enjoyed considerably success, and ranks second on Harvard’s all-time list for touchdowns, yards passing, pass completions, and pass completion percentage. The two-time Ivy League champion earned the Ivy League MVP award during his senior season and is the only Harvard quarterback ever to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career.
Fitzpatrick takes the helm for the ailing Bills, who have failed to win either of their first two games of the 2010 campaign after another frustrating 7-9 season. One of the quarterback’s main goals will be to improve the worst-ranked passing offense in the league so far, a constraint that has certainly hurt the Bills to date.
In the modern era of sports, being a college coach carries with it the burden of constant media attention. Facing dozens of reporters at press conferences, head coaches have gotten more savvy—they say what they need to and leave the rest up for speculation. Here at The Back Page, we’re happy to decode some of these media sessions, showing the average fan what we think coaches’ answers “really” mean.
The Harvard football night game got plenty of press for the quality of play from the boys in Crimson. Senior Andrew Hatch and freshman David Mothander earned player and rookie of the week nods, respectively, and the 34-6 drubbing of Holy Cross appeared to stem from the home team’s all-around solid play. But there was one man who wasn’t ready to give Harvard all the credit. Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore largely attributed the lopsided score to the Crusaders’ deficiencies in this edition of Sound Off.
Published by Kate Leist
on September 20, 2010 at 3:31PM
While 21,704 fans filled Harvard Stadium to cheer the Crimson football team to a 34-6 win over Holy Cross on Saturday night, one famous alumnus got a bird’s-eye view.
Actor Tommy Lee Jones ’69—who played on the offensive line in Harvard’s famous 29-29 “win” over Yale in 1968—appeared in the press box in the second half and stayed there until close to the end of the blowout.
Jones, who was a first-team All-Ivy selection as a senior, kept it low-key in the press box, mainly chatting about the Crimson squad and the strength of the Ivy League with athletic director Bob Scalise. He also good-naturedly shook hands with a few of the coaches who came over to introduce themselves.
Although the Oscar winner is most famous for his roles in films like Men In Black, No Country for Old Men, and The Fugitive, Jones also was featured in the 2008 documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the famous tie.
Yesterday the Harvard College Alliance for Africa held the third annual Fast Tracks for Africa 5k race on the Charles River bike path to benefit the Harvard Pemja Scholarship Fund. One of Harvard's very own professors of Human Evolutionary Biology, Dan Lieberman, centers his research in his skeletal biology lab on the benefits of running barefoot in contrast to runner who use typical modern running shoes. According to Lieberman’s website, these modern shoes have features such as “built-up heels, stiff soles and arch support.”
His work has led him to the Pemja Primary School in the Western Rift Province of Kenya. The proceeds of this weekend's run will help to support the Scholarship Fund’s goal of sponsoring children at the Pemja Primary School so that they can continue on to higher education.
The Crimson confirmed today that men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker has secured a verbal commitment from 2011 big man Kenyatta Smith.
The No. 13 center in the nation according to Scout.com, Smith, a senior at Flintridge Prep School (La Canada Flintridge, Calif.) chose Harvard over Vanderbilt and league rival Penn.