Peter Dawkins Wins Heisman Trophy
Pete Dawkins, the 69th Army football captain and a polio victim, posed a double threat as a runner and a left-handed passer.
In three years, he rushed for 1,123 yards, threw 16 passes, seven for touchdowns, caught 27 passes for 716 yards and scored 158 points, leading the Cadets to an undefeated season. Class President and Cadet First Captain, he went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. While there he played rugby for Oxford for three years. Later, he attended Princeton where he received a MPA and PhD. His military career was equally meteoric and he rose to the rank of Brigadier General with commands in both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. After serving 24 years, Pete retired from the Army and became a partner in the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers. Subsequently he became Vice-Chairman of Bain and Company. In 1991, he became Chairman & CEO of Primerica Financial Services, Inc., in Atlanta. Pete serves as Chairman/CEO of Diversified Distribution Services, Travelers Group in New York City.
Pete was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1975.
On the Fortieth Anniversary of his winning the Heisman, Pete spoke at the 1998 Awards Ceremony.
Army star Pete Dawkins won only in the East but still swept the field with 296 first place votes to 198 for Billy Cannon of LSU and 194 for Randy Duncan of Iowa. Dawkins, who set brilliant academic records at West Point, finishing as First Cadet, also played hockey for Army. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford and rowed for the crew and played rugby for the famed British university. He was decorated for bravery in Vietnam, achieved the rank of Brigadier General at the age of 43 and later ran for governor in New Jersey.
Peter Miller Dawkins (b. March 8, 1938, Royal Oak, Michigan) is a former Heisman Trophy winner, Rhodes Scholar, U.S. Army Brigadier General, and Republican candidate for Senate. He is the former vice chairman of Citigroup Private Bank.
Although accepted to Yale University, Dawkins chose instead to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. He won high honors, serving as Brigade Commander, President of his Class, Captain of the football team, and a "Star Man" in the top five percent of his class academically. A cadet is considered outstanding if he attains even one of these positions. Dawkins was the only cadet in history to hold all four at once. The young man was featured in Life Magazine and Reader's Digest. Even before his graduation, many predicted the bright young man would make General and perhaps even be Army Chief of Staff. Dawkins was selected for the Heisman Trophy  and the Maxwell Award as a halfback for Army in 1958, and an All American under coach Earl Blaik. He was also an Assistant Captain for the hockey team. At Oxford, he won three Blues in rugby and is credited with popularizing the overarm throw into the lineout.
Dawkins graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1959 with a very high class-standing, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. He earned a degree at Oxford University in 1962 in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and later earned a M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton.