Penn Football to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Rose Bowl Appearance on Friday

PHILADELPHIA – Penn Athletics will celebrate the 100th anniversary of playing in the Rose Bowl during Friday’s football game versus Harvard. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m.

The Quakers advanced to the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1917 against Oregon. Penn was led by quarterback Bert Bell, who following graduation went on to become NFL Commissioner and helped found the Philadelphia Eagles. Other notable Penn starters included All-American Howard Berry and Heine Miller. 

It took Penn nearly two weeks to make the trip to Pasadena for the game. There was no live coverage and the forward pass was merely a gimmick. At halftime, the game was tied at 0-0 but Oregon scored a pair of second half touchdowns to win, 14-0.

On Friday, Penn will welcome the Rose Bowl trophy, along with members of the Rose Bowl staff, to Franklin Field. Fans will be able to get pictures with the Rose Bowl, Heisman and Outland trophies during the pre-game Fan Fest on Shoemaker Green that begins at 6 p.m.

Upton Bell, the son of Bert Bell, will participate in the pre-game coin toss, while roses will be distributed to parents of Penn senior players during the Senior Night ceremony. The Rose Bowl logo will also be painted on the field and the Penn helmets will be adorned with a rose sticker. 

Fans will receive a limited edition, 1917 Rose Bowl poster at the conclusion of the game while exiting Franklin Field. 

While Penn is also celebrating its storied history, it will also take time to celebrate the future of the game. Several Pop Warner teams will be in attendance at Franklin Field and will be recognized and National Football Foundation Chief Operating Officer Matthew Sign will be on hand.

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