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Percy Wendell


Percy Langdon Wendell

Inducted 1972

Date of Birth



Roxbury, MA


Harvard University (1910-1912)


It was 1910 and football rules were undergoing major revision. It was also the year Harvard sophomore halfback Percy "Bullet" Wendell emerged as one of the East's finest runners. Harvard finished 8-0-1 that season with rival Yale forcing a scoreless tie in the final game. Wendell was the star, gaining 103 yards on 21 rushes against the Bulldogs. In the final victory of 1910, an 18-0 decision over Dartmouth, Percy had produced both of his team's touchdowns. Harvard slipped to a 6-2-1 mark in 1911, while Wendell continued to dominate the Crimson attack, leading the club in scoring. He drew Walter Camp's All-America selection in each of his first two years, but injuries sidelined his abilities as Harvard's senior captain in 1912. That year he was recognized as a second-team All-America. That season was a year of major rules changes, the most notable being a reduction of field length from 110 yards to its current 100, and the addition of a fourth down to make 10 yards. Despite limited playing time, Wendell managed to play important roles in the drive to a perfect nine-game record, one of Harvard's finest marks during the pioneer era of the game. Included in the victory string was a resounding 20-0 defeat of Yale.


Height 5'7

Weight 177

Career Highlights

  • 1912 Second Team All-America
  • 1911 Consensus All-America
  • 1910 Consensus All-America
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