Jason B. McCullough '97
Year Inducted: 2009
One of the finest quarterbacks in school history, Jason McCullough ’97 held every single Brown passing record for a season and a career, and ranked second in Ivy League history in touchdown passes and third all-time in the league in passing yardage. In addition to his jaw dropping statistics, McCullough received a number of prestigious awards during his career, and helped pave the way for the future success of Brown football.
McCullough was actually the team’s punter as a freshman, averaging a respectable 32.9 yards per kick, with a long of 46. In 1994, he stepped into the starting lineup as a backup quarterback in the second game of the season, and immediately made an impact. He earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors that season. Playing against in-state rival Rhode Island, McCullough broke the school record for passing yardage, throwing for 358 yards on 22-of-31 passing and was a part of one of the most memorable games in Brown history, leading the Bears to a 56 point second half comeback win against Columbia after falling behind 24-3. McCullough finished his first season as a starter with 1,724 passing yards and 126 completions, both of which were third in Brown history at the time.
McCullough continued to excel as a junior, leading the Ivy League in passing yards and touchdowns en route to being a First Team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. He also became the first Brown player to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a single season, finishing with 2,402 passing yards and 22 touchdowns, also a school record. In recognition of his performance, McCullough was awarded the first of two Kilgore MacFarlane Awards, recognizing the outstanding Brown football player from the Western states.
Following his graduation from Brown, McCullough enjoyed a brief professional career. After a tryout with the Giants that netted him a spot in rookie mini-camp, he was released by New York, and tried out for the CFL’s Tigercats. McCullough was the final player cut before the regular season, but was re-signed by the team during the year, and made a start against Doug Flutie.
After his football career ended, McCullough joined Grant Thornton, LLP, a global accounting and consulting firm, ultimately staying with the company for six years. During his final years at Grant Thornton, McCullough also attended law school at night, graduating in 2006. Upon the completion of his law degree, he was hired as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he is currently employed.McCullough lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sarah O’Sullivan, a former national champion lightweight rower at Princeton.