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-time All-Americans, being named to Walter Camp's third, first, and second teams in 1909-10-11 respectively. A brilliant and cocky field general, Sprackling also was a dangerous runner, a deadly field goal kicker, and one of the nation's first players to exploit the use of the forward pass. Against Yale in 1910, Sprack kicked three 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 456 of the team's 608 yards as Brown beat Yale for the first time, 21-0. Fifty years after graduation, Sprack still holds the Brown game (3), season (6), and career (10) records for field goals and the single-game record for kickoff returned (147). He is in the College Football Hall of Fame.