Ben Noll becomes the second former Quaker of the spring to sign a free-agent contract with a National Football League franchise.
June 18, 2004
St. Louis, Mo. -- Former Quaker football student-athlete Ben Noll signed a one-year free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams this week. Noll becomes the second Quaker offensive lineman to sign with an NFL organization in 2004. The Red and Blue are coming off a season where the men up front help to produce a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver as well as a quarterback that threw for more than 2,400 yards.
Noll joins classmate Mike Powers (Cincinnati) as the second member of the Class of 2004 to ink a deal during the off-season. He now joins Jim Finn (N.Y. Giants) and former teammate Vince Alexander (Arizona) as one of three former Quakers on a current NFL roster. Powers and Rob Milanese (New England) were recently released from their respective teams. With the contract, Noll becomes the 13th former student-athlete under Al Bagnoli to either be drafted or sign as a free agent.
The Wildwood, Mo. native helped propel the Penn offense to 34.6 points per game (second in the Ivy League), 170.8 yards per game on the ground (third) as well as 267.4 yards through the air (third) in 2003, while only surrendering 12 sacks, the fewest in the Ancient Eight. Noll played in 39 of a possible 40 games during his career with the Quakers, earning All-Ivy honors during his junior and senior seasons, as a second and first-team selection, respectively. He was a letterwinner all four seasons in Red and Blue and walked away from Franklin Field with a pair of Ivy League Championship rings.
Penn finished the 2003 season as the only undefeated team in I-A or I-AA with a 10-0 overall record and a 7-0 Ivy League mark. The Red and Blue ended the campaign ranked 12th in I-AA after becoming the first team in 10 years to capture back-to-back Ancient Eight crowns, as well as just the second team in League history to post back-to-back perfect Ivy seasons. The Quakers will begin defense of their 13th Ivy League banner on the West Coast at the University of San Diego on Sept. 18.
Written Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications