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Ophir Bernstein named Brown male Athlete of the Year

Posted by Christina Redlin on May 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Brown Athletics Announces 2014 Award Winners at Sixth Annual Senior Banquet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Sixth Annual Brown Athletics Senior Celebration and Awards Luncheon was held at the Providence Biltmore on Monday, May 19, 2014. Over 275 student-athletes, coaches, staff and distinguished guests were in attendance at the banquet to celebrate another year of success in competition, in the classroom and in the community. President Christina Paxson and Director of Athletics Jack Hayes each took the opportunity to address the room and acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of the class of 2014.


The Fritz Pollard Trophy is presented to the outstanding male varsity athlete of the year. The trophy is named in honor of Frederick "Fritz" Pollard, Brown Class of 1919, one of our nation's true African-American pioneers, one of the greatest football players in Brown history, and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. Pollard is recognized as the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl, to earn All-American honors, to play quarterback at the professional level, and become a head coach in the NFL. There are two recipients of this year’s award, Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) and John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio).

Bernstein, a junior on the wrestling team, assembled one of the finest seasons in Brown wrestling history when he became the program’s fourth All-American and its first in 16 years. As the 12th seed, he placed eighth in the 184-pound weight class at the NCAA Championships to earn a spot on the podium and complete the 2014 season with a 36-11 record, just one win shy of tying Brown’s single-season record for wins.


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9:12 AM on May 21, 2014