Britain Patterson

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Britain Patterson
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
1913–1914 Washington & Jefferson
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1916 NC State
1924 Waynesburg
1927 Manhattan
Accomplishments and honors
First-team All-American, 1914

Britain Patterson, sometimes spelled Brit Patterson and Britton Patterson,[1] was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and later coached college football at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now North Carolina State University (1916), Waynesburg University (1924), and Manhattan College (1927).

Playing career[edit]

Patterson played college football at the tackle position for the Washington & Jefferson Presidents in 1913 and 1914. He was selected as a first-team member of the 1914 College Football All-America Team by the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin; the Pittsburgh Sun (as selected by sporting editor James J. Long); the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph, (as selected by sporting editor Louis M. Toughill); the Philadelphia Public Ledger (as selected by Robert W. Maxwell); the Boston Post (as selected by Charles H. Parker), and Tom Thorp in the 'New York Evening Journal.[2]

The 1914 Washington & Jefferson team compiled a 10–0–1 record, defeated Yale, and fell one point short of a national championship after losing to Harvard by a score of 10–9. Patterson was a bulwark of the team's line, and his ejection from the Harvard game in 1914 was credited with allowing Harvard to overcome an early deficit and win the game. One newspaper noted:

"Had Patterson remained in the game Harvard never would have been able to make those great gains through tackle -- and Harvard never would have won . . . Patterson's football record is clean. He never before was chased from a game for roughness. No man that ever played against him justly can accuse him of 'dirty' playing. Patterson always played the game to the fullest limit of his great power. He opened holes when he was called upon to do it, and he held back his enemies when such action was necessary. But he always did it fairly, honorably, and in keeping with the rules of the game. And so Patterson's action, even though it lost the game for W. & J., even though it robbed W. & J. of a wonderful honor, is an excusable action and one which should not reflect upon his football record, which has been as bright and as clean as that of any man who ever played the game."[3]

Patterson sustained an injury to his knee cap during a game against Georgetown during the 1914 season. In February 1915, a newspaper account reported that he had been "crippled probably for life" as a result of the injury, was required to walk with a crutch and had dropped from 225 to 175 pounds.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Patterson served as the head football coach at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts—now known as North Carolina State University—in 1916,[5] at Waynesburg University in 1924,[6] and at Manhattan College in 1927.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
North Carolina A&M Aggies (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1916)
1916 North Carolina A&M 2–5
North Carolina A&M: 2–5
Waynesburg Yellow Jackets () (1924)
1924 Waynesburg 7–2–1
Waynesburg: 7–2–1
Total: 9–7–1


  1. ^ "Crippled for Life". The Reading Eagle. February 9, 1915. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Spalding's Official Football Guide 1915
  3. ^ "Flash of Temper Is Cause of Losing Title: Washington & Jefferson Would Have Won the Championship Had Patterson Stayed in the Harvard Game". Washington Herald. December 6, 1914. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Star Football Man Crippled For Live". Lewiston Evening Journal. February 9, 1915. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "Brit Patterson By Year". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Waynesburg To Keep Patterson". The New York Times. December 4, 1924. 
  7. ^ "Manhattan To Meet Rutgers on Saturday". The New York Times. September 25, 1927.