Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football
2021 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football team
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First season1882
Athletic directorJennifer S. Baker
Head coachGreg Chimera
4th season,
StadiumHomewood Field
(capacity: 8,500)
LocationBaltimore, Maryland
ConferenceCentennial Conference
All-time record573–489–58 (Until end of 2021 season) (.538)
Playoff appearances11
Conference titles22
Consensus All-Americans23 Individuals (Since 1980)
ColorsHopkins blue and black[1]
Fight songTo Win
Johnny Hopkins, On to Victory

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football team represents Johns Hopkins University in the sport of American football. The Blue Jays compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Centennial Conference. Johns Hopkins has fielded a team since 1882. Johns Hopkins has won or shared 13 Centennial Conference titles since the 2002 season, including 10 straight titles through the 2018 season.


Hopkins' first team was assembled in 1881, and spent an entire year training and learning a version of the game. Their sport, which was closer to rugby, was played in Druid Hill Park. After the training, the team planned a two-game 1882 season. The squad had to play the season under the title of the Clifton Athletic Club, due to the school's policy on the sport of football. The first was a practice game with the Baltimore Athletic Club, played on October 7. The Hopkins team lost the contest 4–0. The following game was their first true game, to be played against the Naval Academy.[2][3]

Playoff appearances

NCAA Division III

The Blue Jays have appeared in the Division III playoffs eleven times, with an overall record of 10–10.

Year Round Opponent Result
2005 First Round Thiel L, 3–28
2009 First Round
Second Round
Thomas More
W, 23–7
W, 31–29
L, 0–12
2011 First Round St. John Fisher L, 12–23
2012 First Round
Second Round
Washington & Jefferson
Mount Union
W, 42–10
L, 13–55
2013 First Round Wesley L, 24–29
2014 First Round
Second Round
W, 24–16
L, 21–24
2015 First Round
Second Round
Western New England
W, 52–20
L, 37–42
2016 First Round
Second Round
Mount Union
W, 42–21
L, 21–28
2017 First Round Washington & Jefferson L, 28–31
2018 First Round
Second Round
Frostburg State
Mount Union
W, 49–0
W, 58–27
W, 37–14
L, 20–28
2021 First Round
Second Round
Mount Union
W, 45–20
L, 35-45

Notable players

See also: List of Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in the NFL Draft

Bill Stromberg earned a B.A. from Hopkins in 1982 and became one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Johns Hopkins, making him "arguably the best football player in Johns Hopkins history."[4] He is considered one of the best wide receivers in NCAA Division III history as the holder of six national and 13 school records. Stromberg was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Hall of Fame and then elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and was, as of 2017, the only Hopkins football player to be inducted there.[5][6] Hopkins constructed a new baseball field and athletic facilities which was named Stromberg Stadium in 2014 in his honor.[4][7]

After graduation, Stromberg signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, played a few preseason games before pulling a hamstring, and was ultimately cut before the 1982 season began.[4] He became the CEO of Baltimore-based asset management firm T. Rowe Price in 2016.

Wide Receiver Joe Cowan was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1969.[8]


  1. ^ "Johns Hopkins Athletics Quick Facts". June 15, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Patterson (2000), p. 3
  3. ^ Bealle, Morris Allison (1951). Gangway for Navy: The Story of Football at the United States Naval Academy, 1879–1950
  4. ^ a b c "Former JHU Football Star Bill Stromberg to Take Over As T. Rowe Price CEO". Johns Hopkins University HUB. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  5. ^ "Stromberg Selected to College Football Hall of Fame". Hopkins Sports News. 2004-05-13. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  6. ^ "Catching Up With Former Johns Hopkins Wide Receiver Bill Stromberg". Baltimore Sun. 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  7. ^ "Johns Hopkins Athletics Facilities Receive Major Upgrades". Hopkins Gazette. 2014-10-11. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  8. ^ "Catching up with ... Former Johns Hopkins star, Colts draft pick Joe Cowan".