Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Pete Dawkins

Pete Dawkins


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Army
  • High School: Bloomfield Hills, MI (Cranbrook Prep)
  • Years: 1956-1958
  • Inducted: 1975
  • Place of Birth: Royal Oak, MI
  • Date of Birth: Mar 08, 1938
  • Jersey Number: 24
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 210

Member Biography

A man of uncommon courage, Pete Dawkins cast aside the crippling grip of polio and matured into a military leader who would be honored with the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars for Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Equally impressive were his athletic accomplishments as a hard-hitting halfback with the Army teams of the late 1950s. In 1958, Dawkins accomplished feats most men would deem impossible. In that, his senior season, he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Trophy, was a Unanimous All-America, a Rhodes Scholar, was president of his senior class, ranking cadet officer and the player-of-the-year selection by a host of national tribunals. He was also a 1958 All-East hockey honoree. In his senior season at West Point, Dawkins carried the ball for 428 yards, returned 10 punts for 162 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Dawkins was the only Cadet in West Point history to hold four top student positions simultaneously. As a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University in England, he earned both Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees. He added another graduate degree at Princeton following his service in Vietnam.