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Eddie Mahan


Edward William Mahan

Inducted 1951

Date of Birth



Natick, MA


Harvard University (1913-1915)


The day was November 20, 1915. Harvard Stadium was alive with excitement as the Crimson prepared to take on Yale, and a little fellow with a marvelous gift for open-field running was about to electrify the crowd in one of the greatest individual performances of the game's early history. Harvard's 171-pound fullback, Eddie Mahan, dazzled the Bulldog defense, scoring four touchdowns and kicking five conversion points as the Crimson handed Yale its' worst defeat in the first 44 years of football at the school, 41-0. Mahan was the senior captain at Harvard that season and his all-around efforts in running, kicking, passing, punting, blocking and tackling earned him a third straight year at the top of the consensus All-America listing. A marvel at evading tacklers, Mahan later explained his patented escapes, saying: "I simply give them the foot - right or left - and then take it away." The star of coach Percy Haughton's successful era at Harvard, Mahan helped Harvard compile a record of 24-1-2.


Height 5'11

Weight 171

Career Highlights

  • 1915 Consensus All-America
  • 1914 Consensus All-America
  • 1913 Consensus All-America
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