Hall of Fame

Isaiah Kacyvenski

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Harvard Athletic Achievements

Isaiah Kacyvenski made a lasting impact as a four-time letterwinner with the Harvard football program. The first to ever start all 40 games in a four-year career at Harvard, Kacyvenski was an immediate and consistent contributor for the Crimson. He was awarded the title of Rookie of the Year in the Ivy League while also earning an honorable mention All-Ivy nod. His sophomore year was a memorable one for Harvard football, winning the Ivy League with a perfect 7-0 record against conference opponents and personally landing a spot on the All-Ivy first team. He maintained first team All-Ivy accolades his junior and senior years, while winning the Frederick Greeley Crocker Award, for team MVP, as a junior, as well as topping the all-time record list in tackles in a season (108). He broke his own newly-forged mark for tackles his senior year (135), which helped him earn a spot on the All-America first team. Kacyvenski was recognized as the most outstanding male athlete in the senior class as the William J. Bingham Award winner in 2000. His reign lives on, as he still holds the top two spots for tackles in a game (20 - 1999 versus Colgate, 1999 versus Fordham), tackles in a season (135 - 1999), and career tackles (395).

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Remembering Harvard Athletics

Let No One Outwork You Today. I showed up at Harvard as a first year student in August of 1996 with red hair, a reverse mullet, a broken 10-speed bike, and this simple sign with these simple words. In a lot of ways this sign defined who I was. It was the reason I had the chance to attend Harvard. I left Harvard with this same sign in June of 2000, but it had a completely new meaning for me by that time. Learning was no longer work for me. Learning had become not a means to an end for me, but it had become a way of existence. Learning didn’t stop where a book ended and class started, it was constant. And Harvard gave me the gift of being unafraid to learn. To learn constantly, to learn everything. If I did not know something, I would not run away from it, I would run towards it, no matter how daunting. I left here never being afraid of the unknown. In many ways, the unknown stimulated a deeper thirst to know. Every morsel of information was a way to feed my curiosity of all things. If I didn’t know something, I would learn. And I would surround myself with people to help me learn. My experience at Harvard unwrapped this never-ending treasure of opportunity and enrichment. In remembering my athletic experience at Harvard, I really can’t isolate it from the totality of my undergraduate time in Cambridge. It was an incredible and transformative experience. It gave me the platform to define myself as a man on my own terms, and no one else’s. I am thankful to the game of football. I am thankful for Tim Murphy for believing in me. I am blessed to have had his guiding hand in my life. His love and encouragement have always been unwavering. He is a true leader of men. I am so honored and humbled to be entering the Harvard’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame. I accept this honor on behalf of my family, teammates, and my coach at Harvard, Tim Murphy. This journey is nothing if not for you.