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Featured Player: 1920

Featured Player: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Gallaudet football -- Bouchard." Joseph W. Bouchard. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Home of the Huddle

The football huddle was first used in 1894 when Paul Hubbard, the quarterback for Gallaudet had his offense form a tight circle so they could discuss plays without the other team seeing what they were signing.

Athlete and Teacher

Joseph Bouchard was born in Hartford Connecticut to James W. and Alphonsine E. Bouchard. In addition to playing football, he was the captain of both the football and basketball teams. The article below from the Washington Herald on December 21, 1919 states he also received a letter in football. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree on June 7, 1921 along with 28 other graduates.

After graduation he and his wife Eunice were teachers at the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in West Hartford, Connecticut. An article in the Deaf-Mutes' Journal, from March 30, 1922, states he was the Athletic Coach for the ASD. In a 1951 Inter-Class Track and Field Event at Gallaudet he won the 100 year dash with a time of 10 seconds flat.

The couple were members of the American Instructors of the Deaf, and Joseph was appointed as a member of the Necrology Committee in 1937. He remained a member of the organization the rest of his life.

They resided in West Hartford, Connecticut into at least the early 1960s, but he died at Simsbury, Connecticut on Oct. 19, 1966 . Eunice Bouchard died in Palm Beach, Florida on October 7, 1986.

The American School for the Deaf, where Joseph and Eunice taught, turns 200 years old in 2017.

Joe Bouchard

Joseph William Bouchard was born Oct. 31, 1896 and attended Kendall School for the Deaf before coming to Gallaudet. Originally from Connecticut, he was a junior at Gallaudet and 23 or 24 when this picture was taken.

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