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Matthew C. Hamilton played varsity football for six years (1895-1900) at Thiel College in Greenville, PA., three years as a preparatory student and three college years. His positions were left tackle, left end, halfback and fullback. He noted that the long bushy hair served as a helmet and the only protection was in the shin and nose guards. The forward pass was unheard of at this time, and the side-pass or lateral and the flying wedge were very recent refinements to the game.
Matthew received his B.S. degree from Thiel College in 1901. His teaching career brought him to New Jersey where in 1902 he introduced football to Irvington High School. He remained as Coach and Principal until 1911.