Day 64: Dr. Russ Warren and Columbia's Speedy Prospect

Jake NovakSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2009

Scout.com has reported that impressive Maryland high school prospect Ndubisi “Bisi” Ezekoye has been offered a spot on next year's Columbia football team.

Don't get too excited. Ezekoye reportedly has competing offers already from Army, Connecticut, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Duke, Harvard, and Cornell, and there may be more.

His high school coach in Silver Spring, Maryland, (yet another town where I used to live), says he thinks Ezekoye, due to his excellent classroom work, could be President one day.

Folks don't like when I set odds on this site, but I would say Ezekoye is a long-shot recruit for just about every school that isn't a BCS program.

I hope I'm wrong.

Russ Warren '62

I often kick myself for not writing about the great football players from Columbia's past

Usually, I don't have the time to write about them, or the news of the day just crowds them out.

But, today, I have the time.

Russ Warren, a major cog in the 1961 Ivy League Championship team is one of those players. And if you think he was impressive on the football field, just wait.

First, let's talk about football. Warren came to Columbia from North Hatfield, Massachusetts, where he starred at Northhampton High. By the time he was a senior at CU, he was big for a running back—6-1 and 195 pounds.

In 1961, he, Tom O'Connor '63, and Tom Haggerty '62 made up an all-Massachusetts running back corps. Going into the final Ivy League game of that year, they combined for more than 1,200 yards and more than five yards per carry.

Columbia demolished Penn in that game 37-6, thanks in part to a Warren touchdown, and it clinched a tie for the Ivy title.

Warren and Haggerty ended up first-team All-Ivy along with their excellent blockers Tony Day '63 and Bob Asack '62.

Warren was also a great punter, and he held some Ivy and Columbia punting records for several years.

In the AFL Draft, Warren was drafted in the 25th round by the New York Titans, but he was finished with football.

That's because, after college, Warren became a real star as one of the nation's leading orthopedic surgeons. In addition to become the N.Y. Giants team physician, Warren became the Surgeon-in-Chief at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery.

Warren was inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame on October 2, 2008.

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