Stephen J. McCabe, Jr. '78

The only Bowdoin player to have been drafted by an NFL team, StephenMcCabe was the unsung hero in the trenches and became the first—and only— Polar Bear football player to earn Kodak Division III All-American honors.

A native of Westboro, Massachusetts, McCabe was an immediate contributor for the Polar Bears in the fall of 1974. He accomplished the improbable by becoming a first-year starter on the offensive line and never left—starting all four seasons at either guard or tackle for Bowdoin. Behind his efforts, Polar Bear running backs were exceptional, accounting for three of the school’s top six single-season rushing performances with McCabe on the line.

The efforts did not go unnoticed as McCabe was a three-year CBB All-Star and a three-year All-New England performer and, as a senior captain in 1977, was awarded Kodak Division III All-American honors. As a result, the Washington Redskins made him their 12th round selection in the 1978 NFL Draft. Most importantly, McCabe’s teams were among the finest of their era, winning three-straight CBB Championships from 1975 to 1977, a trick not duplicated by Bowdoin until the 2000s.

McCabe, who also competed on the track team at Bowdoin, graduated with a degree in biology. McCabe is an accomplished teacher, coach, and former director of summer school at the Taft School  in Watertown, Connecticut, where he has touched the lives of many young athletes and scholars.McCabe has served as a longtime coach for Taft’s football program and boys’ hockey program, and head coach of  both the boys’ and girls’ varsity track teams.