Dana P. Verrill of the Class of 1972, a nationally renowned and record-setting defensive back for the Bowdoin football team, your teammates describe you as a player who gave “heart, body, and soul” to your team and to the sport. In an age of fewer games and fewer years of varsity eligibility, you set a record for interceptions in a single season (eight) and in a career (sixteen), records that still stand today.
Known as a consummate leader and team player, you led the Polar Bears to the state CBB championship in each year you played, including your senior year as tri-captain of the team. In addition to your unmatched contributions on defense, you played on special teams as a punt returner, kick-off defender, and ball holder for field goals and extra points. Your extraordinary toughness and commitment drove your teammates to be better in practice and in competition. In your remarkable 1970 season, in which you were ranked third in the nation in interceptions, you led the team to a 6-1 record.
While your ferocious tackling, incisive instincts, and relentless work ethic earned you the nickname “Bad Dude” from your teammates, you were universally admired and respected as a person of decency, compassion, and character. You continued to receive accolades for these qualities throughout your career as a business and community leader. The outpouring of support you received for this award speaks to the quality and power of your leadership and the many lives you have touched.
You made a deep and lasting imprint on your teammates, coaches, and the history of the Bowdoin football program, and you exemplified what it means to be a principled leader.