RIT’s brief history of collegiate football began around 1969 and lasted
until 1978. Deaf participation was minimal throughout these years;
there were five deaf players in RIT’s first season, coached by
long time NFL coach Tom Coughlin. Since then deaf participation
was low. There were some outstanding deaf players – one of them
was Tom Pepe.
The football that was played was on a club, not varsity (NCAA-III)
Gallaudet varsity and RIT club never played against each other.