Dec. 20, 2005
San Antonio, TX - Brown University senior running back Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA), the Ivy League Player of the Year, has been selected to play in college football's oldest post-season all-star game, the 81st Annual East-West Shrine Game, to be played on January 21, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas.
The East West Shrine Game has never been "just another football game." The Shrine Game is the Premier All-Star Game in America, and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches in the Game. Every year since 1925, the game is played to raise money and awareness for the 22 Shriner Hospitals, which provide orthopedic and burn care at no cost to children across the country. To date, the game has raised over $14 million and has treated over 750,000 children.
Hartigan, who will be a member of the East squad, was a final three selection for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the nation's top I-AA player, and has won numerous post-season athletic and academic honors. He is a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, the Sports Network and the American Football Coaches Association
Hartigan is the second player in Ivy League Football history to be honored as a First Team All-American and First Team Academic All-American. Hartigan joins Yale's Rich Diana as the only Ivy Leaguers to earn first-team All-America and Academic All-America status in the same season.
Hartigan was unanimous selection for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year, after leading Brown to a 9-1 record and the Ivy League Championship. He is a six-time Ivy League Player of the Week and holder of three career Ivy League scoring records including new marks for career rushing touchdowns (52), career points (324), and career touchdowns (54). He also established new league records for Ivy career rushing touchdowns (35), Ivy career points (222), Ivy career touchdowns (37) and Ivy season touchdowns (16).
He ran for 100 or more yards 23 times in his Brown career, and rushed for a Brown record 1,727 yards in 2005, second best in Ivy League football history. He set additional Brown records for touchdowns (21) and points (126) in a season. His 4,492 career rushing yards are third best in the Ivy record book and rank 20th in NCAA history. He also led the nation in rushing (172.7 yards per game) and scoring (12.6 points per game).
An outstanding student-athlete, Hartigan was honored as the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine National Academic All-American of the Year, the highest academic recognition attainable for a student-athlete. He was also named a First Team National Academic All-American for the second consecutive season, and was one of 16 players in the nation to be awarded a National Football Foundation Scholarship.
Hartigan is the first player in Brown football history to win the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the outstanding Division I senior football player in New England. The award was presented December 8th at the New England Football Writers Annual Dinner. He has also been chosen the winner of the Swede Nelson Award by the Gridiron Club of greater Boston.