The first intercollegiate football game was played on November 6, 1869, between Princeton and Rutgers. Rutgers won, 6-4.
One of the stars of that first game was a man named George Large. He almost ran himself ragged. Once Large and a Princeton player named Edward “Big Mike” Michael ran after a loose ball. Both hit a fence at the same time, knocking it down and spilling the spectators sitting on it. Large and Michael got up, took deep breaths, and went back to the game.
It took Rutgers 69 years to beat Princeton again in football. When they finally did, one of the Rutgers rooters watching the game was George large. He was the last survivor of the first game, and the only player to see Rutgers beat Princeton twice.
From The Giant Book of More Strange But True Sports Stories by Howard Liss. Illustrations by Joe Mathieu.