Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Hector "Hec" Cowan

Hector "Hec" Cowan


  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Princeton
  • High School: Delhi, NY (Delaware Academy)
  • Years: 1885-1889
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Hobart, NY
  • Date of Birth: Jul 12, 1863
  • Place of Death: Stamford, NY
  • Date of Death: Oct 19, 1941
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 189

Member Biography

Caspar Whitney picked the first All-America team in 1889. The Princeton Tigers dominated that team, placing three backs and tackle Hector Cowan on Whitney's first unit. Yale's legendary Pudge Heffelfinger, who played against Cowan on several occasions, remembered, "He had the strongest shoulders and arms I've ever been up against and his stubby legs drove like pistons when he carried the ball. Hector could carry a couple of tacklers on his back, yet he was plenty fast in the open." Pudge should have known him well, for Cowan and his crewmates handed Heffelfinger his first loss when they stopped the Elis, 10-0, in 1889. Cowan was captain of the Orange and Black that season, leading his team to a perfect 10-game mark. During Cowan's five varsity seasons at Princeton, the Tigers compiled a 44-3-1 record.
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