In Joshua Boyd, Harvard makes a smart choice for captain

Harvard vs. San Diego football at Harvard Stadium 9/15/2012. No. 52 Joshua Boyd (Credit: Gil Talbot)
His coach says Joshua Boyd (52) may be “one of the two or three toughest, most physical players” in the Ivies and that “leadership comes natural to him.”Gil Talbot for The Boston Globe

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The Harvard football captain was a published poet before he began playing football.

In fact, Joshua Boyd didn’t play team sports until high school.

He was a shy child, who learned to read before pre-school. In elementary school, a poem he wrote about family ran in a literary magazine. Another was read aloud at the West Roxbury library.

In high school, a coach told Boyd’s father that “Josh is too nice to play football.”

“I’d like to see that coach now,” Eric Boyd said. “Because look where he’s come.”

“He’s arguably one of the two or three toughest, most physical players in the [Ivy League],” said Crimson coach Tim Murphy.

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