Brown University Football: William Heikkinen’s Freshman Season

/Brown University Football: William Heikkinen’s Freshman Season
Brown University Football: William Heikkinen’s Freshman Season2019-01-06T23:21:08+00:00

Brown University ranks #16 in US News & World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. Forbes magazine says of the school “Brown has cultivated a reputation as the most eccentric and liberal of the Ivies.” This bodes well for the Ivy League school and the education and opportunities Brown provides to ready its students for the future.

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island and the football team plays home games at Brown Stadium, which has 20,000 seats. A historic rivalry is renewed each year between the Brown Bears and the Harvard Crimson when the two teams play the first game of the football season. The game’s results often determine how the entire season will play out.

Notable former players include:

  • Fritz Pollard
  • Joe Paterno
  • James Develin
  • John Heisman

Phil Estes is the current coach. He looks for “toughness” in his players first and foremost. To Estes, toughness means being resilient enough to rise to the challenge of the academic rigors of an Ivy League school while practicing, preparing for, and playing 10 games a season. How a player stands up to this pressure shows the toughness, the strength of character in the player as a person.

When Estes took over as head coach, he inherited one of the greatest quarterbacks in Brown football history, James Perry, Class of 2000. Perry broke practically every Brown passing record and earned 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year. A few years later, Nick Hartigan ’06, burst on the scene as one of the best running backs in the program’s history.

Statistics for the Brown University Bears 2014 football season:

  • 10 games total
  • Won five
  • Lost five
  • Home: 3-2
  • Away: 2-3
  • Neutral: 0-0
  • Conference: 3-4