Today, Harold Weekes would be considered a "daredevil," but
in his era it was just a part of the job.
The standout halfback was known for his participation of one
of the most dangerous of all football plays-the "flying hurdle," which has
since been mad illegal. Weekes was a
"hurdler," who would stand atop the shoulders of his teammates. He would then be propelled over top the heads
of the defenders.
Weekes was one of the best at this specialty skill and
possessed tremendous agility and a unique ability to keep his feet post-hurdle,
sprinting past the surprised defense.
As a freshman in 1899, Weekes broke loose and streaked 55
yards to a touchdown that proved to be the decisive points in a 5-0 upset of
previously unbeaten Yale. It was
Columbia's first victory over Yale in 18 seasons. For the next three years, Weekes continued to
dazzle enemy defenses, earning All-America honors each season. Walter Camp once claimed Weekes "was powerful
and fast, and had that certain burst of speed at just the right moment." During Weekes' four-year career at Columbia,
the Lions won 29 games, 19 by shutout.
Following graduation, Weekes worked as a successful broker
on the New York Stock Exchange. He was
elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954, four years after his