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Detail of Georgetown 1898 football team photograph

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Fairchild Gallery, Special Collections Gallery, Leon Robbin Gallery and Kerbs Exhibit Area

Football at Georgetown


Georgetown football team 1898

Football has been played on campus since at least 1830, with Georgetown's first intercollegiate game taking place in 1889 – a 34-0 win over the University of Virginia. The sport forms a significant, although not well-known, part of Georgetown’s storied athletic tradition. Through documents housed in the University Archives, this exhibition will trace the history and development of Hoya football, from its informal beginnings before the Civil War, through its rise to national prominence beginning in the 1920s under Coach Lou Little, to the decision by the University President in 1951 to eliminate it as a varsity sport.