All four Kennedy brothers were Harvard football players. Both Robert and Edward were Harvard football players. He was a standout player at Choate School, and while not receiving a major letter, he was an active part of the Harvard squad. He returned to Choate after graduating from Harvard to help coach the football team.
Joe played in only one game as a freshman before being sidelined with an injury. He returned as a sophomore but did not see action until late in the season when he started three games at left end. He finished with five tackles and one fumble recovery. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, Joe went on to have a very successful career in professional football. He died in 1963 during an attempt on his life. He was 44 years old.
John F. Kennedy was also a star quarterback at Harvard. However, he never played pro football. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the thirteenth round of the 1956 NFL Draft but opted instead to return to Harvard for another year. After graduating from Harvard, he won the 1960 presidential election as the candidate of the Democratic Party.
Kennedy's brother Robert was killed in a plane crash in July 1963 at the age of 43. His other brother Edward also died in a plane crash in August 1976 at the age of 36. And his sister Kathleen died in a plane crash in August 1999 at the age of 59.
In addition to JFK, brothers Robert and Edward Kennedy were more accomplished football players at Harvard. John F. Kennedy went on to become the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 to 1963. Was a member of the varsity football team but was a "reserve lineman," according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
JFK played left tackle for the Harvard Crimson during the 1947 season. He replaced an injured Peter Pappas and helped lead the team to a 9-1-1 record and its first Ivy League title in 17 years. The 9-1-1 mark is the only time that JFK has appeared in a game report as a Harvard player.
After graduating from Harvard, JFK entered into a political career that would end with his death in 1963 while campaigning for president. He was 46 years old.
Robert Kennedy was also a left tackle for the Harvard Crimson. He graduated in 1952 and immediately joined his brother John as a lawyer in New York City. In 1958, he was elected Attorney General of Massachusetts, and in 1960 he became the chairman of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's special committee to investigate Communist infiltration into the government. In June 1964, Robert Kennedy was killed while riding in a car with his wife and children in Northern California. He was 42 years old.
Edward Kennedy served as a center for the Harvard Crimson. He was born in 1932 and died in 2009. He was married with five children.
Kennedy was afflicted with several childhood diseases and almost died from scarlet fever as a youngster. He grew up to be athletic and competitive, though, and played football for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had a spinal injury in college and never fully recovered. After graduating from Harvard, he went into politics.
JFK married first wife Jackie Robinson in 1919. She was a famous baseball player at the time. They had three children together before divorcing in 1936. In 1945, JFK married Jacqueline Bouvier. They had one child together before divorcing in 1968. In 1974, JFK married Peace Corps volunteer Mary Richardson. They had one son together before divorcing in 1980.
In addition to being president, JFK was also a world-class athlete and student. He was active in sports during high school and college, mostly playing football. He was elected captain of the Harvard Crimson football team in 1922 and 1923. In addition to football, he also competed on the track and field team at Harvard.
After graduating from Harvard, he moved to New York City where he made a name for himself in political journalism. In 1928, he became the youngest person ever elected mayor of a major city when he was only thirty years old. In 1932, he ran for Congress and lost but was then elected senator from Massachusetts the next year.