Harold “Buck” Thompson

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A Manasquan, New Jersey native, Harold played four years of football at Manasquan, High School and made All-Shore, New Jersey in 1940. He then went on to the University of Delaware, where he
played three years of varsity football (1941-42 and 1946), and the team was 25-0-1 in conference play. He made Honorable Mention on the Associated Press All-American team in 1946 and holds the
University of Delaware’s longest kick-off return and longest run from scrimmage records, both set in 1946. He was the first UD player to make the pros, playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the AFL.
He set a pass-catching record in his first professional game against the Los Angeles Dons, grabbing 12 receptions in the second half and eclipsing Cleveland’s Dante Lavelli’s previous record. In
1979, he was named to the News Journal All-Time University of Delaware team as an end. In 1996, he became the Chairman of the Trustees Committee on Athletics at the University of Delaware.



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