William Burr Hopkins
William Burr Hopkins
Hometown: Marion, NY
Team: Football

William Burr Hopkins '97
Hometown: Marion, NY
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1975

William Burr Hopkins '97 and his running mate, Charles D. Millard '97 formed the first set of touchdown twins in Brown football. As captain of the Andover teams of 1891 and 1892, Hopkins played along side Frank Hinkey, later a Yale gridiron immortal. Captain of Brown in 1893 and 1894, Hopkins led the Bruins to 16 victories in 24 games. He also was boxing and wrestling champion of the college. Although Hopkins was a blocker for Millard, he was a fine runner in his own right. In fact, Hopkins is tied with Fritz Pollard '19 and Gus Russ '06 for most touchdowns in one season - 12. And his 22 career TDs in two seasons places him third to Dave Fultz '98 (31) and Edward North Robinson '96 (25). A newspaper account of the day had this to say of Hopkins: "A better captain it would be impossible to find. As an individual player he is without peer in his position at halfback. He starts quickly, runs low, dodges beautifully, and constantly uses his arm to ward off potential tacklers. In defensive play he always follows the ball and his savage tackling is a treat to the eye." Twice the 5-9, 155-pound Hopkins scored four touchdowns in one game, and in the first meeting with Dartmouth at Outing Park in Springfield, on Nov. 24, 1894, Captain Hopkins scored two TD's in Brown's 20-4 victory. Born Jan. 1, 1869, William Burr Hopkins lived as a gentleman farmer in Marion, N.Y., where he died on Dec. 16, 1935.