The most decorated receiver in the history of Bowdoin College football, James MacAllen was a player ahead of his time. Looking back from an era of ever-increasing offensive statistics, MacAllen’s achievements stood for decades as a tribute to his excellence on the gridiron.
Bowdoin’s top offensive threat during the golden age of Polar Bear football, MacAllen’s accolades were many, culminating with his Associated Press First Team All-New England honor (all divisions) as a senior in 1965. The recognition came after a 35-catch, 465-yard, six-touchdown campaign that saw him establish school records in virtually every receiving category.
He graduated with the most career catches (85), most yards (1,201), and most touchdowns (15) of any player in Polar Bear history, with several of those marks being set by the conclusion of his junior campaign. Still, more than forty years later, his fifteen trips to paydirt remain the school standard.
His exemplary showing resulted in a tryout for the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles. But, more importantly, MacAllen played for teams that went 15-8 during his varsity career, posting the most successful three-year stretch for Bowdoin football in the last seventy years, highlighted by the legendary 1963 State Championship squad.
A native of Boston, MacAllen earned All-Maine, All-UPI New England Small College, and All-East Honorable Mention honors in addition to his AP All-New England award. He graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in economics and earned his MBA at the University of Virginia.
Jim and his wife, Patricia, live in Hingham, where he has served as a director of the South Shore YMCA as well as on a variety of other boards and in volunteer roles. He has spent countless hours working for Bowdoin, including serving on the Board of Trustees, and supporting various Bowdoin events and initiatives, recently helping to raise funds for a new scoreboard at Whittier Field.