Jose F. Violante
Jose F. Violante
Hometown: Milford, MA
Team: Football

Jose F. Violante '76
Hometown: Milford, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1981
Other Sports Played: Soccer

Jose Violante '76, while a fourth grader in Viseu, Portugal, misfired on a kick during a recess soccer game and sent the ball crashing through a school window. There is no indication that he smashed any windows during his days on College Hill, but he did break Brown football kicking records with reckless abandon. When Jose graduated, here is what the record book showed for football under his name: the record for field goals season (12) and career (29), the longest field goal (51 yards), and selection to the All-Ivy first team for three successive seasons. He also had the second (49) and third (48) longest field goals in Brown history. There was something else. Jose ended his career third on the all-time Brown scoring list with 137 points, leaving him behind Dave Fultz '98 (174) and Gus Russ '06 (154). This fall, when the Silver Anniversary Ivy League football team was selected, Jose Violante was named to the second team. Mr Violante had other credentials. For two years he was a starter on back-to-back Ivy championship soccer teams. At 5-8, 145-pounds, Violante seemed to playing the role of Little David, an urchin kibitzing with the big boys. But when he swung his foot into the ball - on either the soccer of football field - people had to be impressed. John Anderson, his football coach, says that Violante was blessed with great "leg whip," and adds: "It was the impact that made Jose a fine kicker. He really popped the ball." Between Saturdays in the fall, Violante divided his practice time between the two sports, getting in some field goal practice on the football field and then hopping a fence to join in a soccer scrimmage. When Brown won the Ivy soccer title in 1973 with a 6-0 victory over Columbia, the Milford, Mass. resident and former Worcester Academy star had a goal at Aldrich-Dexter in the morning and then kicked three field goals and four extra points as the football bruins whipped the Lions, 37-14, at Brown Stadium in the afternoon.