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01 - William H. Guest '52
William H. Guest '52
Title: HOF Class of '01

William Guest was a member of both the Blue and Gray’s football and track & field teams during his tenure at Kings Point.  During his senior season on the gridiron, Guest was a dominant force on the team as the squad’s leading rusher.  He averaged 89 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry.  He scored the Mariners’ longest three touchdowns of the season with runs of 30, 65, and 93 yards.  The 93-yard touchdown run is still an Academy record which was tied in 1988, almost 47 years later.

In addition, Guest held an Academy Record that stood for over 25 years when he rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries against Wagner on November 17, 1951.  An avid thrower on the track and field team, Guest competed in discus, javelin, shot put, and hammer.  In a dual meet against undefeated Hofstra during his senior year, Guest scored 14 of the team’s 76 winning points following two first-place finishes, a second-place performance, and a third-place finish.  He won the gold medal in the javelin in the NY State smaller college meet.  Guest registered a number of other athletic accomplishments outside the varsity athletics realm. 

At Kings Point he was also a two-time heavyweight intramural wrestling champion, and following two years of active duty in the Navy, Guest played semi-professional football in the North Jersey Football League where he was a First Team All-League selection.  He led his team to an undefeated league championship season in which he tied as the league’s leading scorer.