Joseph Richard Randall
Joseph Richard Randall
Hometown: Utica, NY
Team: Football

Joseph Richard Randall '67
Hometown: Utica, NY
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1978

Joseph Richard Randall '67 is the finest punter in Brown and Ivy League football history. He was named to the Coaches' All-Ivy first team in 1965 and 1966, and when the All-Ivy team was selected for the 1956-72 period, Randall was a unanimous choice. The native of Utica, N.Y., set three Ivy records: punting average single game (57.0) vs Columbia in 1966, season (42.5), and career (40.1). He also holds the Brown records for game, season and career punting and for the longest (82 yards vs URI in 1965) and second longest (79 yards vs Penn in 1966) punts in Brown history. In 1965 the native of Utica, N.Y., was fifth in the nation in punting average with 61 punts for a 42.7 mark. His boot against Rhode Island was a thing of beauty and will remain a joy forever in the hearts of all alumni. Officially, it was recorded as an 82-yard kick - from the line of scrimmage to the Ram goal line. The ball actually traveled 102 yards from Randall's toe to where it stopped just beyond the URI end zone. During Randall's senior season, there were people who came to Brown Stadium early just to watch the 6-0, 190-pounder warm up. Joe Randall kicked a beautiful ball. It would take off from his size 10-EE football shoe in a perfect spiral and quickly gain altitude. At the top, it sort of leveled off and floated. Then, nose down and still spiraling, it would land some 60 or more yards from where it was kicked. Randall was a quarterback in high school but played several positions at Brown, ending up as starting halfback in 1966, the year he won the Brown Club of Rhode Island's War Memorial Trophy as "the member of the football squad who through sportsmanship, performance and influence has contributed most to the sport at Brown." Randall was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals but was released in favor of a kicker who could also play in the defensive backfield. "John was the finest kicker I have ever seen outside of pro football," Coach John McLaughry says. Joe Randall is now an agent with State Farm Insurance in Utica, where he lives with his wife, Cynthia.