Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jeff Wittman

Jeff Wittman

Details

  • Position: Fullback
  • School: Ithaca College (N.Y.)
  • High School: Gates-Chili (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Years: 1989-92
  • Inducted: 2013
  • Place of Birth: Rochester, N.Y.
  • Date of Birth: Mar 04, 1971
  • Jersey Number: 22
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 210

Member Biography

Earning First Team All-America status once is hard enough, but three times proved to be the charm for Ithaca’s Jeff Wittman. He now joins his head coach Jim Butterfield as one of the only two Bombers in the College Football Hall of Fame.

A record-breaking fullback, Wittman led Ithaca to the Division III national title in 1991 and was subsequently named MVP of the Stagg Bowl after a stellar three-touchdown performance. A three-time First Team All-American from 1990-92, he broke 16 career rushing and scoring records while leading the Bombers to a 36-8-0 record during his prolific career. The 1993 Ben Light Senior Male Athlete of the Year ran for 100-plus yards in a game 18 times, and he rushed for an Ithaca-record 3,410 yards and 44 touchdowns during his collegiate campaign.

After graduating from Ithaca in 1993, Wittman returned to his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., to pursue his passion for teaching and coaching.  He taught at an elementary school within the Gates Chili Central School District while also coaching the junior varsity football and wrestling teams at the local high school. He currently teaches physical education at Gates Chili High School.

More than 20 years later, Wittman remains a fixture atop the Ithaca and Stagg Bowl record books and was inducted into his alma mater’s athletics hall of fame in 2001.