William Wurtenburg (1863–1957) was an American college football player
and coach. Born to German parents and raised in western New York,
Wurtenburg played for Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. The
1887 Yale squad outscored their opponents 515–12, and the 1888 squad,
which he quarterbacked, held all opponents scoreless; both teams were
later recognized as national champions. Wurtenburg received his medical
degree from Yale's Sheffield Scientific School in 1893. He coached
football for a year at the United States Naval Academy and then for five
years at Dartmouth College. In his first four years at Dartmouth, the
teams had perfect records against both of their Triangular Football
League opponents. Wurtenburg spent several years refereeing for Yale's
football team, then had a practice as an ear, nose and throat specialist
in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1904 until at least 1920. He is
particularly remembered for a 35-yard run in a close game in 1887
against rival Harvard, a game that was described as "undoubtedly the
finest ever played in America".
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Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in
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