McInally ‘75 Attending 59th Annual NFF Awards Ceremony Press Conference

McInally ‘75 Attending 59th Annual NFF Awards Ceremony Press Conference

McInally will be the 21st Harvard football member to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former Crimson tight end and 2016 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Pat McInally '75 will be attending the press conference for the 59th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony, it was announced Tuesday, Nov 15.

Excelling both on and off the field at Harvard, McInally, a tight end was selected as both an NFF National Scholar-Athlete and a first team All-American in 1974. He becomes the 18th Crimson player, and 21st Harvard representative (including former coaches), to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. Harvard is tied with Minnesota, Penn, Pittsburgh and Stanford with the 12th most former players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time first team All-Ivy League selection, McInally led Harvard to a share of the 1974 Ancient Eight title. The 1974 New England Player of the Year finished his career as the Crimson's single-game, single-season and career record-holder for touchdowns and receptions and as the school's leader in career receiving yards. McInally ranked second in the nation in receptions in 1973 and fourth in 1974, while also serving as Harvard's punter. After graduating cum laude, he played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. McInally is a member of the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame.

Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (120th overall pick) of the 1975 NFL Draft, McInally played both punter and wide receiver for the Bengals from 1976-85. He has the distinction of being the first Harvard graduate ever to play in a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl, both of which he did in the 1981 season. In Super Bowl XVI against the San Francisco 49ers, McInally had three punts for a 43.7 average. He concluded his NFL career with 57 receptions, 808 yards, five touchdowns and a 41.9 punt average.

Harvard's College Football Hall of Fame Inductees

1952

Charles D. Daly '01

Quarterback

 

Percy D. Haughton '99

Coach

 

Edward W. Mahan '16

Fullback

1954

Hamilton Fish '10

Tackle

 

Huntington R. Hardwick '15

End

 

Richard C. Harlow

Coach

 

Stanley B. Pennock '15

Guard

 

Benjamin H. Ticknor II '31

Tackle

1957

Marshall Newell '94

Tackle

1958

David C. Campbell '02

End

1968

Edward L. Casey '19

Halfback

1970

William Thomas Reid '01

Fullback

1971

Charles Brewer '96

Fullback

1972

Percy Langdon Wendell '13

Halfback

1973

Robert T. Fisherf '12

Guard

 

Endicott Peabody II '42

Guard

1978

Lloyd Jordan

Coach

1980

W. Barry Wood, Jr. '32

Quarterback

1983

George R. Owen '23

Halfback

2009

William H. L.S. Lewis '94

Center

2016

Patrick John McInally '75

Tight End

 

Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people.

The press conference will take place on December 6 from 9 a.m. until noon and will offer access to the 2016 NFF honorees, along with the announcements of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient, the 2016 MEAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, and the finalists for the 2016 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. A live stream will be available, but is still to be announced. To attend in person, request a credential by emailing news@footballfoundation.com.