Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Hunter Scarlett

Hunter Scarlett

Details

  • Position: End
  • School: Pennsylvania
  • High School: Erie, PA (Central HS)
  • Years: 1905-1908
  • Inducted: 1970
  • Place of Birth: Erie, PA
  • Date of Birth: Oct 16, 1885
  • Place of Death: New York, NY
  • Date of Death: Dec 23, 1954
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 168

Member Biography

Hunter Scarlett! The name would have drawn matinee-idol appeal on theater marquees. And, indeed, the Pennsylvania end was a handsome, curly-haired chap of movie star appearance. Hunter's name never did hit the marquees, but it did make the banner headlines of newspapers throughout the East in the early 1900s. He and halfback Bill Hollenback led the Quakers to an 11-0-1 record and the National Championship in 1908, each garnering All-America plaudits. The Quakers out-scored their opponents, 215-18, that season and the perfect record was marred only by a 6-6 tie with the remarkable Carlisle Indians. Hollenback lavished praise upon Scarlett after the 1908 campaign, saying: "He's one of college football's greatest ends. He's a superlative defensive end, quick to get down-field on punts and an exceptional diagnostician." Hunter Scarlett was a precision football player, and his fine-tuned manner of playing the game would carry over into his professional life. He became a famous eye surgeon, whose skill was hailed throughout the country and the world. He died in 1954, at age 69.