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 IvyLeague football history. He was named to the Coaches' All-Ivy firstteam in 1965 and 1966, and when the All-Ivy team was selected forthe 1956-72 period, Randall was a unanimous choice. The native ofUtica, N.Y., set three Ivy records: punting average single game(57.0) vs Columbia in 1966, season (42.5), and career (40.1). Healso holds the Brown records for game, season and career puntingand for the longest (82 yards vs URI in 1965) and second longest(79 yards vs Penn in 1966) punts in Brown history. In 1965 thenative of Utica, N.Y., was fifth in the nation in punting averagewith 61 punts for a 42.7 mark. His boot against Rhode Island was athing of beauty and will remain a joy forever in the hearts of allalumni. Officially, it was recorded as an 82-yard kick - from theline of scrimmage to the Ram goal line. The ball actually traveled102 yards from Randall's toe to where it stopped just beyond theURI end zone. During Randall's senior season, there were people whocame to Brown Stadium early just to watch the 6-0, 190-pounder warmup. Joe Randall kicked a beautiful ball. It would take off from hissize 10-EE football shoe in a perfect spiral and quickly gainaltitude. At the top, it sort of leveled off and floated. Then,nose down and still spiraling, it would land some 60 or more yardsfrom where it was kicked. Randall was a quarterback in high schoolbut played several positions at Brown, ending up as startinghalfback in 1966, the year he won the Brown Club of Rhode Island'sWar Memorial Trophy as "the member of the football squad whothrough sportsmanship, performance and influence has contributedmost to the sport at Brown." Randall was drafted by the St. LouisCardinals but was released in favor of a kicker who could also playin the defensive backfield. "John was the finest kicker I have everseen outside of pro football," Coach John McLaughry says. JoeRandall is now an agent with State Farm Insurance in Utica, wherehe lives with his wife, Cynthia.