The football team has competed since 1876. It has won eighteen national championships when the school competed in what is now known as the FBS. Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, Penn has won 16 Ivy League Football Championships.(1959, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012). Eighteen former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In addition to the varsity squad, the Penn Quakers are a charter member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League, having played the sport since 1934.
The Penn men's swimming team was founded in 1894. They have won the Ivy League championships five times: in 1940; 1964-65; 1967-68; 1969-70; and 1970-71. Penn's swim team practices and competes at Sheerr Pool in the Pottruck fitness facility.