Rich Diana finished his collegiate football career with a 28-0 victory over Harvard and was then named a first team All America running back along side 1981 Heisman trophy winner Marcus Allen and future Heisman winner (1982) Hershel Walker. His 1981 Yale football team finished with three consecutive Ivy League championships. Personally, he finished 10th in the 1981 Heisman voting and received E.C.A.C., Ivy League, New England and other Player of the Year awards. He was invited to play in the East West Shrine game and played in the Blue Gray and Japan Bowls.
Diana was named a GTE Football Academic All American and one of twelve National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes. He graduated from Yale cum laude with a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and at commencement ceremonies received Yale’s most prestigious athletic and academic awards, The President Gerald Ford and William Neely Mallory Awards.
He also played baseball at Yale where he was an All Ivy, All E.I.B.L. and honorable mention All America center fielder on two championship teams raising his record number of team career championships in football and baseball to 5. In 1982 he graduate as Yale baseball’s all-time leader in home runs and rbi’s (records subsequently broken). He played in the legendary Darling-Viola (Yale vs St. John) regional College World Series playoff game coined by writer Roger Angel as college baseball’s “greatest game.”
Legendary NFL football coach Don Shula drafted Diana as a running back for the Miami Dolphins in the 5th round. In his rookie season he played in Super Bowl XVII. He retired from the NFL to attend Yale School of Medicine where he graduated in 1987. His orthopedic sports medicine career has included working with the Boston Red Sox as an orthopedic consultant for 6 years.