“He’s just a man of tremendous character and courage,” Ho said. “He’s a coach of life. I’m very fortunate to have spent four years under his wing.”
Another former running back, Clifton Dawson ’07, praised his coach for his leadership skills.
“Players from all walks of life come join the football team, and he’s always been able to unite players to be a team and represent Harvard,” Dawson said. “He’s an incredible sort of leader, not only for football but for the University.”
Current team members said they felt honored to help their coach reach this significant milestone.
“It feels great to be a part of that,” Juszczyk said after the game. “I know Coach Murphy won’t give himself enough credit, but he’s done a great job coaching us, and I couldn’t be happier.”
As Murphy continues to rewrite the record book, Teevens said the 55-year-old will cement his spot among the current greats of the game.
“You look at Joe Paterno and the top coaches,” Teevens said. “And [Murphy] is in that category.”