Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

John "Count" Orsi

John "Count" Orsi


  • Position: End
  • School: Colgate
  • High School: Perkioman, PA (Perkioman HS)
  • Years: 1929-1931
  • Inducted: 1982
  • Place of Birth: Newark, NJ
  • Date of Birth: Nov 11, 1908
  • Place of Death: Naples, FL
  • Date of Death: Feb 01, 1978
  • Jersey Number: 12
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

In three seasons, 1929-31, Andy Kerr's Colgate compiled an overall record of 25-3-0. They held 19 of their 28 opponents scoreless. The list of teams who went down to defeat includes such dominating powers as Michigan State, Penn State, NYU, Syracuse and Brown. In those three years, Colgate ran up 925 points against 80 for their foes. A lot of Colgate players were doing a lot of things right. One who was especially effective was a 5-11, 185-pound end named John Francis Orsi. On offense he was a swift, nimble, high leaping pass- catcher who contributed generously to Colgate's high scores. On defense he was a play-disrupting, jolting tackler - testified by those 19 frustrated non-scoring opponents. Captain of the 1931 Colgate team, Orsi received All-America honors, including first team citations by the International News Service and the All-America Board, and also played in the East-West Shrine Game. From 1932 to 1941 Orsi taught and coached at Colgate before going into business for himself as a manufacturer's representative. Married and the father of three, Orsi died in February, 1978.