Charlotte Hornets

Hornets - Brian Dowling
(Game Worn)



Famous for both never having lost a game he had started since the sixth grade, and quarterbacking the Yale team that featured Calvin Hill as its running back, Dowling first led the Bulldog frosh to a 6-0 record. He won the '66 opener before going out for the season with injury, directed the attack for all but their one loss of '67 as he sat again with injury, and then completed his career with an 8-0-1 record, the tie coming in the famous game versus Harvard, often called the greatest football game in Ivy League history. He left Yale with nine school and two Ivy League records but his pro career didn't go as well as an eleventh round draft choice of the Vikings. Released in training camp, he made brief game appearances for the Patriots in 1972 and '73 as Jim Plunkett's back-up. He caught on with the Charlotte Hornets in mid-season and played when starter Tom Sherman was injured. He played as the 1975 Hornets starter and returned to the NFL with the Packers in 1977. Dowling was immortalized by Yale classmate Garry Trudeau as "B.D.", the super football hero in the Doonesbury comic strip.

This 1975 Pac 3 helmet was acquired through Jim Nance...  Thanks to Richie

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