Gallaudet played its first football game in 1883,
defeating Georgetown University 15-0.
The team had 12 players, meaning just one
sub on the bench.
The players were interesting.
One came from Ireland and probably played
Irish football before coming to Gallaudet.
One player had an interesting life – manufacturer,
founder of deaf service agency, inventor, and
founder of a school for the deaf, a political
Albert Berg, one of the pioneering players, coached
Purdue University’s first football team.
One became an architect.
One became an ordained minister.
One player became the president of the
National Association of the Deaf.