Witt Takes Francis Gordon Brown Prize

Patrick Witt. (photo by Ron Waite, Photosportacular)
Patrick Witt. (photo by Ron Waite, Photosportacular)

QB Honored for Scholarship and Character


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale starting quarterback Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) has been honored with the Francis Gordon Brown Prize, one of the school's highest undergraduate accolades. The prize is awarded to the student in the junior class in Yale College who most closely approaches the standards of intellectual ability, high manhood, capacity for leadership and service to the University set by Francis Gordon Brown, who captained Yale Football's "Team of the Century" in 1900.


Witt, a history major, has earned a 3.91 GPA at Yale and is on pace to break the school's major career passing records this season after leading the Ivy League in passing in 2010, when he earned All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy recognition. He was recently elected to the football team's Leadership Council for the second consecutive year and has been active on campus and in the community. His extracurricular activities include writing for the Yale Daily News, serving on the Intercultural Affairs Council, and Athletes in Action. He has also spent time volunteering as a guest speaker at area schools and homeless shelters.


Witt joins a distinguished list of recipients of the Francis Gordon Brown Prize, highlighted by former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.