Kazmaier, Bradley to be honored
Posted October 9, 2008; 12:41 p.m.
Legendary Princeton athletes Dick Kazmaier and Bill Bradley will be honored by the Department of Athletics by having the uniform number 42 that they shared retired at a ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Jadwin Gymnasium.
Kazmaier, a 1952 alumnus, won the 1951 Heisman Trophy for the nation's top collegiate football player. Basketball star Bradley was awarded the Sullivan Award as the outstanding U.S. amateur athlete in 1965, the year he graduated. Uniform number 42 has not been issued in decades in football or basketball and now will be retired across all sports at Princeton.
Kazmaier and Bradley also will be recognized at halftime of the Princeton-Harvard football game, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Princeton Stadium.
"Princetonians Dick Kazmaier and Bill Bradley shared not only the same number but also the same national acclaim for their academic accomplishments as undergraduates and their heroic athletic achievements at Palmer Stadium and Dillon Gym," said Princeton Director of Athletics Gary Walters, a teammate of Bradley's on the Tigers' 1965 Final Four team.
After graduating from Princeton, Kazmaier turned down an opportunity to play professional football and instead attended Harvard Business School. He spent three years as a Naval officer and then embarked on a long career in business and philanthropy. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Bradley delayed his NBA career to study at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He returned to become an Air Force reserve officer, a member of two NBA championship teams with the New York Knicks and a three-term U.S. senator from New Jersey. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.
The retirement celebration -- hosted by the Princeton Varsity Club, Princeton Football Association and Friends of Basketball -- is open to the public. Those interested in purchasing tickets or obtaining further information can visit the Princeton Varsity Club website, call (609) 258-6696 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.