Yale QB Ditches Rhodes for 'The Game'
Patrick Witt will miss finalist interview Saturday
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Yale Bulldogs QB Patrick Witt makes a pass as he is chased out by Harvard Crimson defensive end Victor Ojukwu on Saturday, November 20, 2010 in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo / Greg M. Cooper)

(Newser) – Given what one might think would be a fairly straightforward choice between a Rhodes Scholarship and a football game, Patrick Witt chose the football game. It's not just any game, but rather a game known as "The Game": The Yale senior will lead his team Saturday in their storied annual contest against the Harvard Crimson, and he's giving up his Rhodes finalist interview to do it, reports the Yale Daily News.

“My focus this week is solely on preparing for The Game alongside my teammates and coaches," said Witt, a history major with a 3.91 GPA, in a statement. Witt's teammates weren't exactly surprised: “I think he felt like that he had a responsibility as one of the best players on our team to be at The Game," said one. Yale hasn't won since 2006, and is a heavy underdog in the 128th contest between the two schools. As for the Rhodes, Witt is eligible to reapply next year.

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Nov 17, 2011 9:29 AM CST
Wow, They Can't do the interview on Tuesday?? WTF
Nov 15, 2011 10:04 AM CST
ANY starting QB can make mint just selling insurance the rest of their career. Alums LOVE to buy from the ex-jocks.
Nov 14, 2011 9:15 PM CST
The loyalty he is showing to his team to finish out what he started + Yale + 3.91 GPA = more job offers than he can count. The first part of that equation will certainly be appreciated by many employers.