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Beta Pi Athletes in the National Football League

As the National Football League (NFL) begins the 2019 season, it brings to mind two Beta Pi brothers who played in the NFL.

Alumni in SportsJeff Hatch, Beta Pi ’98, was an offensive tackle under Coach Al Bagnoli for four very successful seasons. Besides being an All-Ivy player, Jeff was named as a Division I-AA All-American in 2001. The New York Giants drafted him in the third round of the 2002 draft with the 78th overall pick. As a rookie, he was chosen to start the first four games of the 2002 season for the Giants before being released after the season. Subsequent signings by the St. Louis Rams in 2004 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005 did not lead to further playing time in the NFL.

Ben Noll, Beta Pi ’01, was also an offensive tackle for Penn. After Jeff Hatch went pro, Ben took over his fraternity brother’s position. He played in 39 out of a possible forty games for Penn during his college career. Brother Noll earned All-Ivy honors as a junior and senior. In 2003, his last season as a Quaker, Penn was the only undefeated football team in Divisions I-A and I-AA.Alumni in Sports

Although Ben went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams quickly signed him to a one-year free agent contract. Shortly after his signing, he was placed on waivers by the Rams. The Dallas Cowboys then claimed him off waivers. Dallas activated Ben for only three games during the 2004 season. However, the Cowboys named Ben as a starter for the last game of the season.

During the 2005 season, Ben was released by Dallas due to medical reasons. He was signed again by the Rams but was unable to play any further games during the 2005 season. The Detroit Lions then kept Ben on their practice squad for the entirety of the 2006 season. Brother Noll’s NFL career was finished.

Although neither one of Beta Pi’s “representatives” to the NFL achieved stardom, Beta Pi brothers have fond memories of Jeff and Ben for their outstanding contributions to the success of Penn football. It was a golden era for Penn football during the Bagnoli years. The next time you visit Franklin Field, remember how Jeff Hatch and Ben Noll helped create enduring memories of Penn’s success as an Ivy League powerhouse.