Though football season passed months ago, the Harvard football team’s work is still not done. In addition to bruising and beating down its opponents on the field, the team also works hard for the community. This Friday, March 25th, the team will be holding a blood drive to help the American Red Cross with its efforts to save those in need.
Senior Marco Iannuzzi is Harvard’s all-time leader in yards per kickoff return, with an average of 26.5. During his final season, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including an 84-yard return during The Game. Now, Ianuzzi is hoping to extend his football career to the next level. The senior wide receiver, a native of Calgary, Alberta, participated in the Canadian Football League’s Evaluation Camp this past weekend.
Nowadays Joe Philbin can be seen roaming the sidelines of Lambeau, coaching a team many New Englanders still haven't forgiven for Super Bowl XXXI.
But before the Springfield, Mass. alum became a Super Bowl-bound offensive coordinator, he was an assistant coach for Northeastern and then Harvard.
A graduate of Worcestor Academy, Philbin coached the Huskies from 1995-1996 followed by a stint with the Crimson from 1997-1998.
“I think in terms of him becoming a high-level coach, his success is no surprise,” Harvard coach Tim Murphy told Christopher Price of WEEI. “The guy was always fundamentally sound, he was always prepared and he was always very easy going and a great teacher. You put all those things together and it’s not a major leap of faith to think that he’s going to be a success at the highest level.”
Read the full article here to learn of Philbin's journey from Massachusetts to Green Bay:
The schools Philbin left behind have gone in opposite directions following his departure. The Crimson has emerged as a perennial title contender and won the Ivies in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2008.
Northeastern won the Atlantic 10 in 2002 but had struggled ever since, prompting the university to cut the program following the 2009 season.
St. John's Prep has become a recruiting hotbed for Harvard lately.
A state champion in football and lacrosse, Ryan Delisle has decided to bring his winning habits to Soldiers Field next fall. On Tuesday, the senior tight end and defensive end publicly confirmed a verbal commitment to play football for the Crimson next fall.
There’s no question it’s been a breakout season for Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05. From 2005-2009, the former Ivy League Player of the Year passed for 4,104 yards and tallied 21 touchdown passes in 28 NFL games. This year, in just 11 contests, he’s already thrown for 2,526 yards and matched his previous career total for TD’s against just 11 interceptions. The former Crimson star’s passer rating (85.0) is by far the highest of his career, and, like he did in college, Fitzpatrick is making a difference on the ground, averaging 21.5 rushing yards a game.
Fitzpatrick, rated by the Sporting News as the fifth smartest player in sports (Matt Birk ’98 finished sixth), has also helped a pretty awful Bills team to three wins.
And people are noticing. Yahoo! sports called him “the best NFL QB for the buck,” given his modest pro salary of three million dollars, and The New York Times intimated that he could be a franchise player.
But things aren’t as cheery for Fitzpatrick as they might seem. Since Buffalo holds the fourth-worst record in the NFL, it should be in good position to pick a top quarterback from a 2011 draft class that could include Heisman winner Cam Newton and Heisman finalist Andrew Luck. If the Bills invest in such a high-profile signal caller—one who will command top-five money that makes Fitzpatrick's deal look like chump change—it will leave the Crimson alum where he found himself at the beginning of this year: on the bench.