No 'I' In 'Team': Yale-Harvard Game Makes QB Choose

A chance for a Rhodes Scholarship, or the chance to battle your arch-rival football team? Yale quarterback Patrick Witt faced this agonizing choice; Audie Cornish has more.

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Imagine having to face this agonizing choice:


CORNISH: A chance at a prestigious Rhodes scholarship...


CORNISH: Or the opportunity to fight for the team?

Yale quarterback Patrick Witt decided to take to field yesterday to battle arch-rival Harvard. He had to withdraw his application for a Rhodes Scholarship since the interview was scheduled for the same time as the big game. And bad luck for Witt, Harvard beat Yale 45-to-7. As for the scholarship, Witt can apply again after he graduates. And besides, one of the criteria for Rhodes scholars is devotion to duty.


CHORUS: (Singing) When the sons of Eli break through the line, that is the sign we hail. Bulldog. Bulldog. Bow, wow, wow. Eli Yale. When the sons of Eli break through the line, that is the sign we hail. Bulldog. Bulldog. Bow, wow, wow. Eli...

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