Gerald P. “Doc” Doherty

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University of Delaware’s ‘Believe It or Not” halfback Doherty was featured by Ripley for gaining 220 yards on only 6 carries in a single game in 1946. Doc was a three-year letterman in a career
interrupted by World War II service. Doc was Third Team All-American in 1946 averaging 12 yards per carry. Doherty helped the University of Delaware Blue Hens win their first-ever post season game.
He was inducted into the University of Delaware Hall of Fame in 1998. Doc was a fifth round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts in the NFL but chose to stay in Delaware. He also lettered in baseball at
the University of Delaware and played both semi-pro football and baseball after college. He held the Hens’ base-stealing record (25 in 16 games), which was later broken. He was a Delaware High School
football official with the New Castle County Football Officials’ Association.



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