June 14, 2006
Hempstead, New York - The New York Jets have signed Brown University All-American running back Nick Hartigan '06 to a rookie free agent contract. The announcement was made by Jets' General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Hartigan impressed the New York coaching staff at the Jets' May 12-14, 2006 mini-camp, showing the hard-running ability that made him one of the most prolific rushers in Ivy League football history.
A native of Fairfax Station, VA, Hartigan was the nation's leading rusher in 2005 and led Brown to its first outright Ivy League title. The 2005 Ivy League Player of the Year, Hartigan holds Ivy League records for career touchdowns (54), career rushing touchdowns (52), and career points (324). He also holds 22 Brown rushing records, and finished his career as the school's all-time rushing leader with 4,492 yards.
Hartigan, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top player, was a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, the Sports Network and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA),
A political science and history concentrator with a 3.91 GPA, Hartigan was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist, the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, an NCAA Top VIII Award winner, the ECAC Player of the Year, the New England Player of the Year and played in the 2006 East-West Shrine Game in San Antonio, Texas.