Joe Dowd

Joe Dowd, '85

A multi-sport athlete prior to Fairfield, Joe brought an extraordinary combination of strength, size, speed and versatility to the Fairfield scrum at several positions. His intense play and impact on the field have earned him a distinguished place in the history of Fairfield Rugby. A member of the inaugural Hall of Honor class of 1988, Joe has also been named as one of the top players of his era at Fairfield.

As proof of Joe's versatility, he played prop his freshman and sophomore years; 2nd row junior year; and 8 man senior year. Joe was a true triple threat, able to run, pass or kick. Using his Gaelic football skills to kick strategically, Joe shocked opponents who very likely had never seen a forward with this array of weapons.

Favorite match memories include a signature home win against a Boston College team that had fallen short in the hospitality department the prior year. Other opponents included Yale, Army and Columbia. His most memorable trips included the famous St. Anselm road trip where only Paul "PID" Davis sustained an injury and the 1985 Mardi Gras tournament.

Memorable teammates include Sean Duffy whose intensity and "team first" ethos had a great impact on Joe; Paul Sheehy who played so well, so effortlessly; fellow scrum members Mike Gavigan for his understated tenacity and Tom Hall for his work in the ruck, leadership and prototypical FURFC gift for lightening things up with his wit .

Career highlights include:
  • Scrum Captain, Senior year
  • Doug Ciacci MVP Award, 1984-85
  • Named to inaugural Fairfield Hall of Honor, 1988
  • Honored as top player of his era at 25th Anniversary