100 Years of Poet Football Celebrated at Home Opener

Monday, September 28, 2009

They arrived in droves, many sporting official Orthogonian polos and caps, Purple & Gold shirts, or other Whittier College gear. All told, more than 65 former Whittier football athletes representing eight decades of play headed to campus to help celebrate the program's centennial--from Hubert Perry '35, who served as manager and shared the field with teammate Richard M. Nixon '34, to former NFL Rams exec Dick Beam '58, to All-American player Ken Chandler '51, and more. Following a packed tailgate, the current Poet team took the field against the Menlo Oaks, and at halftime, all former players, coaches, trainers, and managers in attendance were individually recognized in a special ceremony at the 50-yard line.

PHOTOS: To see a slideshow from the "100 Years of Football Tailgate & Halftime Ceremony," click here.

To read a recap of the game between the Poets and Menlo College, click here.