39. Dick Kazmaier on Time Magazine

 

“I’ve come to appreciate that Time Magazine covers aren’t an everyday occurrence for a person,” said Princeton’s football phenomenon Richard “Dick” Kazmaier Jr. ’52 about his appearance on the cover of the November 19, 1951 issue.  “But it really didn’t have much impact at the time, because we were still in the season.  I was much more focused on what was going to happen in the next game.” The halfback’s concentration was evidently not affected, for he led the football team to its second straight undefeated season, was named an All-American for the second year in a row, and was given the Heisman Trophy—the only Princeton player to ever to win this honor—by the largest voting margin ever to that date.  Though Kazmaier could easily have played professional football, he instead applied his cum laude degree in psychology to more academic tasks, attending Harvard Business School and embarking upon a successful career in sports product manufacturing and consulting.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan selected the former football star to chair the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports.

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