Cheers for Football, New Magazine

Congratulations! I love the new format of the Pacific magazine. I actually shed tears of joy upon reading that football has begun again after 19 years...Patricia Campbell Tennant '56, Prineville, Ore.

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Congratulations! I love the new format of the Pacific magazine. I actually shed tears of joy upon reading that football has begun again after 19 years. The pictures of the team reminded me of a story I would like to share when my late husband, Ben Tennant, ’55, played on the 1951 championship team and through the next three seasons. He had received offers of football and track scholarships from both Pacific and Linfield, choosing Pacific because of its Boxer tradition.

During the 1953 season, after a play, he picked himself off the ground with cleat wounds to his face and chest. Paul Stagg would not allow him to play the next game unless he wore a helmet with a “beaky bar.” It was a single horizontal bar across his nose attached to his helmet. His nose had been broken and severed from the cheek through to the oral cavity. The “beaky bar” was the first such gear ever used in our football conference. There were no rules regarding penalties for the opposing team grabbing it at that time. It became a challenge and priority for Ben to keep the opposing team from using it as a lever, which might have broken his neck. I’m sure the only people who still remember those seasons are his team members.

A side story: Ben was in charge of a dance at the Gamma Sigma house that night after the game. I suggested he lie down and let his friend Paul Warren, '55, take over, but he insisted on doing his duty. His face wounds were severe and the shock evidently prevented him from realizing until the next morning that he’d also suffered chest wounds.

Not only did Ben and I meet at Pacific, but so did my parents, Bill and Carna Peterson Campbell, ’29. Mom and I were both Theta Nu Alphas and Dad and Ben were both Gamma Sigmas.

Thank you again for football; I was a cheerleader and will be cheering for you always. Go Boxers!

Patricia Campbell Tennant '56
Prineville, Ore.