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Gary Cochran


Garrett Cochran

Inducted 1971

Date of Birth



Driftwood, PA


Princeton University (1894-1897)


Princeton end Gary Cochran led a team which Tiger followers quickly christened "Cochran's Steamrollers." Under captain Cochran, the 1896 Tigers have been ranked as the best Princeton team of football's Pioneer Era. Cochran made them great, using an ability to inspire and compel his teammates to perform to the best of their talents. The Tigers crushed arch rival Yale, 24-6, and finished with a 10-0-1 record. Over the next two campaigns, the Orange and Black were 20-1-1, as Cochran was noted for his great leadership and play when he was named All-America in 1897. In selecting the 1897 All-America team, Caspar Whitney wrote, "The first and surest man for the All-America team is Garrett Cochran of Princeton." He was Princeton captain his last two years. He served as head coach at California in 1898-99 with a 15-1-3 record and at Navy in 1900 with a 6-3 record. Cochran then became president of the Williamsport Wire Rope Company. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 7, 1917, and served as a lieutenant in the Field Artillery in France. He was on a ship returning to the United States in April, 1918, when he suddenly took ill and died.


Height 5'11

Weight 162

Career Highlights

  • 1897 Consensus All-America
  • 1896 Second Team All-America
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