Robert Hull '96

Robert Hull was one of the greatest all-around athletes to participate at Washington and Lee, excelling in football, wrestling and lacrosse.

Hull earned four letters with the football team, lettered for the wrestling team as a junior and participated on the lacrosse team as a first-year and sophomore.

In his two seasons as a midfielder with the lacrosse team, he played in a total of 12 games and amassed four goals and three assists in helping lead the Generals to a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles.  He decided to wrestle as a junior and was instantly one of the team’s best athletes, going 15-9 overall at heavyweight and advancing to the NCAA East Regional, where he placed fourth overall.

It was on the football field, however, where Hull truly shined. He played in all 37 games as a defensive lineman during his four years, starting all 28 games his final three seasons.  Over his four seasons, he totaled 335 tackles, 65 tackles for a loss, a school-record 31 sacks, forced 14 fumbles, recovered seven fumbles and blocked five kicks. 

A three-time First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-State selection, Hull was selected to the Division III All-America team three times, including as a first team pick following his senior season when he set a school record with 14 sacks.  He was also named ODAC Player of the Year, Virginia College Division Player of the Year, Richmond Touchdown Club Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year, College Sports Magazine Division III Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Gagliardi Award as the top player in Division III following his senior campaign. 

Hull capped his fine career by receiving the W&L Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award in 1996.