William E. Sprackling
William E. Sprackling
Team: Football

William E. Sprackling '12
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1971

William E. Sprackling '12 is one of the country's few three-timeAll-Americans, being named to Walter Camp's third, first, andsecond teams in 1909-10-11 respectively. A brilliant and cockyfield general, Sprackling also was a dangerous runner, a deadlyfield goal kicker, and one of the nation's first players to exploitthe use of the forward pass. Against Yale in 1910, Sprack kickedthree field goals, completed five of six passes for 180 yards,carried nine times for 36 yards, returned 13 punts for 150 yards,and brought back five kickoffs for 90 yards. He accounted for 456of the team's 608 yards as Brown beat Yale for the first time,21-0. Fifty years after graduation, Sprack still holds the Browngame (3), season (6), and career (10) records for field goals andthe single-game record for kickoff returned (147). He is in theCollege Football Hall of Fame.