One of the first greats on the football field for Washington and Lee was Ty Rauber '27. The Washington, D.C., native served as the freshman football captain and went on to greater distinction on the varsity level.
Rauber lettered three years for the Generals and served as team captain his senior season in 1926. Rauber led the Generals to a 4-3-2 record that season and helped W&L generate national attention with ties against powerful teams like Princeton and Florida. Among the highlights of the season was in Rauber's final game on Wilson Field when he booted a field goal with under five minutes remaining to lift the Generals to a 3-0 win over Maryland.
Rauber was selected All-South and All-East, the first Virginia player named to the All-East team, and was also named a third team All-American by the Associated Press, the highest honor ever by a W&L football player at the major college level. Rauber, who also served as president of the Athletic Council, participated in the East-West Shrine game following his senior year.