Stories and images from an 1898 issue of Munsey's Magazine provide insight into football of the period. College football was at the height of celebrating itself as a game played by amateurs, gentlemen in every way, as it was dominated by elite schools in the East that formulated the game. Yes, folks played professionally here and there, but those games involved working men or former college players who should have known better.
There may have been a few exceptions along the way. There's a reason the smart Ivy Leaguers developed the SAT.
Like all men of the Ivy League, every one of these players was a true scholar-athlete!!!