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Class of 1990 Inductees
Thomas Turner Barr - Football
Judged too small to play football at Rutgers after a tryout as a freshman, he became a manager of the team as a senior in 1913. Upon his death in 1949, Barr bequeathed much of his estate to Rutgers. The fortune was held in trust for his wife with the stipulation that, upon her death, the money would go to the university to provide football scholarships. Mrs. Barr died in 1966. In 1967, the first Barr scholarships were awarded to four student-athletes - Murray Bakst, Steve Ferrughelli, Leo Smith and Kevin O'Connor.
Edward Jones - Football
The Middletown (N.J.) HS graduate still shares the Rutgers all-time interception record with 14. A co-captain of the 1974 squad, Jones was an AP Honorable Mention All-East selection in 1972 and a second-team AP All-East choice in 1973. He led the Scarlet Knights squad with seven interceptions in 1974 and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round in 1975. He started at strong safety for the Buffalo Bills in 1975 and continued his brilliant career in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos and the British Columbia Lions from 1976 until 1985. He led the league with 11 interceptions in 1980.
David T. Bender - Football
A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Bender entered Rutgers in 1921 and played four years of football and lacrosse. He was a tackle and center on the famed 1923 and 1924 squads, which posted identical 7-1-1 records. He received All-America recognition in lacrosse in 1924. He later became an assistant coach at Rutgers under both Harry Rockafeller and Harvey Harman. The David Bender Trophy has been awarded each year since 1947 to the squad's top offensive and defensive linemen.
James F. Monahan - Football
"Mighty Mo," who was named to the first-team All-East squad in 1951 by Collier's Magazine and by the American Football Coaches Association, captained the 1951 Rutgers team and was the squad's leading rusher in 1950 and 1951. His 81-yard run against Temple in 1951 remains the longest run from scrimmage in Rutgers football history. The West Haven, Conn., native earned three letters in baseball and helped Rutgers post a 17-5 record in 1950, when the diamond squad won the District 2 title and finished as co-runner-up in the NCAA Tournament.
John DeWitt - Football
DeWitt captained the 1884 football squad and earned seven letters in two periods of play. The New Brunswick native played on the 1883 to 1886 teams, and, returning from railroad work in Iowa to become a mathematics instructor and an assistant in English composition, playing again between 1889 and 1891. DeWitt gained fame as a runner and drop kicker and starred in the first game on Neilson Field in 1891.
Richard F. Policastro - Football
A first team All-East selection in 1969, he tossed 14 touchdown passes that season and led Rutgers to a 29-0 victory over Princeton in the nationally-televised Centennial Game, celebrating the 100th anniversary of football. A year earlier, in his first season after transferring from VMI, Policastro established six passing marks - 15 touchdown passes, 994 yards, four TD passes in a game, 17 completions and 30 pass attempts in a game, and 309 yards in a game. In 1969, the Highland Park native threw a record five TD passes against Colgate.
James Dumont - Football
A third-team All-American linebacker in 1983, he was a co-captain of the 1983 Rutgers football team and received AP first-team All-East honors in 1982 and 1983 after receiving honorable mention All-East recognition in 1981. He was an honorable mention All-American in 1982. His career produced 405 tackles, a Rutgers record until broken by Tyrone Stowe in 1986. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1984, Dumont played in 17 games for the Browns that year and then with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1985.
Robert Simms - Football
Simms led the Scarlet Knights in reception yardage for three consecutive seasons, gaining 180, 468 and 345 yards for the years between 1957 and 1959. In 1958, Simms caught a single-season record nine touchdown passes, making his 64 points ranking 10th in the nation, finishing second on the charts with 13 touchdown receptions for his career. A first team All-East selection that year, Simms was a ninth-round draft choice of the New York Giants as well as a fourth-round choice of Houston of the AFL, in 1960.
Harvey J. Harman - Coach, Football
A native of Selingsgrove, Pa., Harman was a four-year starter as a tackle for Pittsburgh (Class of 1922) teams under Glenn "Pop" Warner. He arrived at Rutgers in 1938 and produced a 25-7-1 record in his first four seasons before receiving a commission as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and serving in several sea campaigns in the Far East. Harman returned to Rutgers in 1945 as head football coach and, in the next 10 seasons, posted a 48-37-1 mark. Overall, his record for 14 seasons at Rutgers was 73-44-2.
William Tranavitch - Football
Known as "Big Train," the Norwood, Mass., native captained the 1939 Rutgers team and was the nation's third-leading scorer with 90 points that year. He was the author of numerous memorable performances and was responsible for scoring the first Rutgers touchdown in the celebrated 20-18 victory over Princeton in the Rutgers Stadium Dedication Game in 1938. The Knights went on to post a 7-1 record, the best-ever at that point in Rutgers football history.
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