Paul J. Choquette III '97
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Year Inducted: 2008
One of two tight ends on Brown’s 125th Anniversary team, Paul Choquette, III ’97 was an integral part of the Bears’ 1996 team that came within one catch of beating eventual champion Dartmouth and earning a share of the Ivy League Championship. A four-year letterwinner who was part of the first freshman class to play varsity Ivy League football, Choquette worked his way back from a season-ending injury his junior year to become an All-American as one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the country.
After the Bears had gone 0-10 in 1992, Choquette came to College Hill as part of a solid freshman class that was the first to be allowed immediately onto the Varsity team. A graduate of Toll Gate High School in Warwick, he had done a post-grad year at Choate Rosemary Hall, winning a New England Championship.
After earning a letter as part of that first freshman class in 1993, Choquette and his teammates were part of the turnaround brought by Head Coach Mark Whipple ’79 upon his arrival in December 1993.. Choquette shared duties at tight end in 1994 as the Bears went 7-3, finishing second in the Ivy League after winning their final four games.
Choquette was the starting tight end as a junior, but midway through the year, a back injury ended his season. However, after a blossomed into a top-notch pass catcher his senior year, hauling in 33 balls for 402 yards. Six of those catches were for touchdowns, and he also caught two, two-point conversions. In a crucial late-season game with Dartmouth, he hauled in seven passes for 72 yards, including a late touchdown to put the Bears ahead.
Choquette was named a First Team All-American by the Football Gazette, and was named First Team All-New England and First Team All-Ivy, the latter by unanimous selection. He was chosen to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, the first Brown player in the modern era to do so.
Voted onto Brown’s 125th Anniversary Team, Choquette was able to succeed in living up to and, in fact, expand his family’s legacy in Brown football. His father, Paul Choquette, Jr. ’60, is also on the Anniversary Team as a running back, and his great uncles, Bill and Tom Gilbane ’33, were Honorable Mention Associated Press All-Americans in 1932.