How Important is that Rhodes Scholarship Anyway?

According to an Associated Press article:

Yale quarterback Patrick Witt has decided to give up the opportunity to compete for a Rhodes Scholarship so he can play against Harvard. Yale said Witt, a finalist, had withdrawn his Rhodes application because the interview was scheduled for Saturday, the same day as the Harvard game.

This may sound ridiculous but the Harvard-Yale game (which takes place this Saturday) is a really big deal.

In 1947, for instance, then Harvard student Robert F. Kennedy, who had broken his leg in practice, played for the last few minutes of the The Game in a cast. Harvard football players had to be in the Yale game in order to earn their varsity letters.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer