Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Harold "Harry" Weekes

Harold "Harry" Weekes

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Columbia
  • High School: Oyster Bay, NY (Oyster Bay HS)
  • Years: 1899-1902
  • Inducted: 1954
  • Place of Birth: Oyster Bay, NY
  • Date of Birth: Apr 02, 1880
  • Place of Death: New York, NY
  • Date of Death: Jul 06, 1950
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 178

Member Biography

A human projectile, Harold Weekes participated in one of the most dangerous of all football plays - the "flying hurdle." Mounted on the shoulders of teammates, Weekes was catapulted head-long across the line of scrimmage, landing on his feet and streaking away from the stunned defenders. He was gifted with unique agility and became known for his long- yardage runs. For example, as a freshman in 1899, Harold broke loose and streaked 55 yards to a touchdown that proved the decisive points in a 5-0 upset of previously unbeaten Yale. It was Columbia's first victory over the Elis in 18 seasons. For the next three years, Harold Weekes continued to dazzle enemy defenses, earning All-America honors each season. Walter Camp claimed Weekes "was powerful and fast, and had that certain burst of speed at just the right moment." During Weekes' four-year career at Columbia, the Blue and White won 29 games, 19 by shutout. Following graduation, Weekes worked as a successful broker on the New York Stock Exchange. He died in 1950.