Oct. 19, 2005
Boston, Mass. - Brown senior tailback Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA) has been named the winner of the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award as the outstanding player in New England for his play in Brown's 31-28 victory over Princeton on Saturday. Hartigan, who was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week earlier in the week, ran for 245 yards and scored on a 74-yard touchdown run in rainy and treacherous field conditions to help lift Brown to the win over the Tigers, and a 4-1 overall record, 1-1 in the Ivy League.
A two -time first team All-Ivy selection and Academic All-American, Hartigan's 245 yards are third best in Brown football history. He ran for 200 or more yards for the fifth time in his Brown career, and rushing for 100 or more yards for the 18th time.
Hartigan moved into fourth place on the all-time Ivy League rushing list with 3,592 career yards. The nation's leading runner with 165.4 yards per game, Hartigan also came up with two big first downs on Brown's last possession, running the ball seven straight times in the last 3:17 of the game, keeping the Bears' offense on the field and running the clock down until time expired.
Hartigan's 74-yard run was the 13th longest run in Brown history and gave him a Brown record 40 career touchdowns, fourth best in the Ivy League record book.
Hartigan is one of 16 players to be chosen by The Sports Network for the "Payton Watch" as a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the nation's top offensive player in I-AA Football. He was also recently named a Semifinalist for the 2005 Draddy trophy, the "Academic Heisman" presented by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.