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Pete Dawkins


Peter Miller Dawkins

Inducted 1975

Date of Birth



Royal Oak, MI


United States Military Academy (1956-1958)


Pete Dawkins cast aside the crippling grip of polio and matured into a military leader who would be honored with the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars for Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Equally impressive were his athletic accomplishments as a halfback with the Army teams of the late 1950s. In his 1958, senior season, he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Trophy, was a unanimous All-America, a Rhodes Scholar, was president of his senior class, ranking cadet officer and the player-of-the-year selection by a host of national tribunals. He was also a 1958 All-East hockey honoree. In his senior season at West Point, Dawkins carried the ball for 428 yards, returned 10 punts for 162 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Dawkins was the only Cadet in West Point history to hold four top student positions simultaneously. As a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University in England, he earned both Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees. He added another graduate degree at Princeton following his service in Vietnam.


Height 6'1

Weight 210

Career Highlights

  • 1958 Academic All-America
  • 1958 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1958 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 1958 Unanimous All-America
  • 1957 Academic All-America
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