Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell


  • Position: End
  • School: Harvard
  • High School: Worcester, MA (Worcester Academy)
  • Years: 1899-1901
  • Inducted: 1958
  • Place of Birth: Waltham, MA
  • Date of Birth: Sep 05, 1873
  • Place of Death: Cambridge, MA
  • Date of Death: Jun 30, 1949
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 171

Member Biography

"Stay away from Campbell!" Opposing quarterbacks were given those instructions regularly as Dave Campbell, the hard- hitting Scot, menaced Harvard opponents throughout three seasons of bruising, bone-crunching football at Cambridge. A three-time All-America selection, Campbell was one of the game's purest defensive stars in a pioneer era when defense dominated the competition. He captained Harvard's national championship team that went unbeaten and untied through 12 games in 1901, holding the opposition scoreless in nine of those contests, and giving up a total of just 24 points in the other three games. During Campbell's varsity tenure, Harvard was 32-1-1. Twenty-six of those 32 victories were shutouts, a tribute to the Harvard defense. Yale was the only team to stop the Crimson, tying Harvard, 0-0, in 1899, and downing the Cambridge crew, 28-0, the following year. A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, Dave Campbell followed graduation by devoting his life to mining interests in North and South America. He later retired to his home in Cambridge, where he died in 1949 at age 75.
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