Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football

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Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football
2018 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football team
JHU "H" logo.png
First season 1882
Athletic director Tom Calder
Head coach Jim Margraff
26th season, 184–83–3 (.687)
Stadium Homewood Field
(Capacity: 8,500)
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Conference Centennial Conference
All-time record 519–477–56 (.520)
Conference titles 18
Rivalries McDaniel
Navy (historical)
Maryland (historical)
Consensus All-Americans 9 (Division III)
Colors Columbia Blue and Black[1]
Fight song To Win
Johnny Hopkins, On to Victory

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football team represents Johns Hopkins University in the sport of American football. The Blue Jays compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Centennial Conference. Johns Hopkins has fielded a team since 1882.


Hopkins' first team was assembled in 1881, and spent an entire year training and learning a version of the game. Their sport, which was closer to rugby, was played in Druid Hill Park. After the training, the team planned a two-game 1882 season. The squad had to play the season under the title of the Clifton Athletic Club, due to the school's policy on the sport of football. The first was a practice game with the Baltimore Athletic Club, played on October 7. The Hopkins team lost the contest 4–0. The following game was their first true game, to be played against the Naval Academy.[2][3]

Notable players[edit]

Bill Stromberg earned a B.A. from Hopkins in 1982 and became one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Johns Hopkins, making him "arguably the best football player in Johns Hopkins history."[4] He is considered as one of the best wide receivers in NCAA Division III history as the holder of six national and 13 school records. Stromberg was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Hall of Fame and then elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and was, as of 2017, the only Hopkins football player to be inducted there.[5][6] Hopkins constructed a new baseball field and athletic facilities which was named Stromberg Stadium in 2014 in his honor.[7][4]

After graduation, Stromberg signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, played a few preseason games before pulling a hamstring, and was ultimately cut before the 1982 season began.[4] He became the CEO of Baltimore-based asset management firm T. Rowe Price in 2016.


  1. ^ Johns Hopkins University Visual Brand Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Patterson (2000), p. 3
  3. ^ Bealle, Morris Allison (1951). Gangway for Navy: The Story of Football at the United States Naval Academy, 1879–1950
  4. ^ a b c "Former JHU Football Star Bill Stromberg to Take Over As T. Rowe Price CEO". Johns Hopkins University HUB. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Stromberg Selected to College Football Hall of Fame". Hopkins Sports News. 2004-05-13. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  6. ^ "Catching Up With Former Johns Hopkins Wide Receiver Bill Stromberg". Baltimore Sun. 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  7. ^ "Johns Hopkins Athletics Facilities Receive Major Upgrades". Hopkins Gazette. 2014-10-11. Retrieved 2017-02-24.