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Rensselaer Alumni Magazine Winter 2005-06
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Football Family Dynasty

Cochran Brothers with Coach Joe King

The Cochran football dynasty: (l-r) Evan, Chris, Andy, Coach Joe King, Grant, Dan, and Flynn.

A come-from-behind victory over St. John Fisher in the ECAC Northwest Championship Bowl marked the end of the 2005 football season for Coach Joe King’s Engineers. With the close of the winning (8-2) season also came the end of a 15-year-long football dynasty.

Senior linebacker and team captain Grant Cochran ’06 played his final game as an Engineer during the ECAC Championship. He is the last of six Cochran brothers who have consecutively played football for Joe King at Rensselaer.

Since 1990, at least one Cochran brother has been listed on the football team’s roster. Andy Cochran ’95 received an academic scholarship and came to Rensselaer to play football, study engineering, and join the Navy ROTC in 1990. Chris ’98 and Dan ’98 followed in their brother’s footsteps soon after. Next Evan ’02, Flynn ’04, and Grant came to Rensselaer to study and play football.

Although the brothers were alike in their academic and athletic choices, they were individuals on the football field, playing different positions at different levels of skill.

Andy, a linebacker, played in six games and served as assistant coach after graduating from Rensselaer.

Chris, a defensive lineman, led the Engineers with five sacks during his junior year. Dan played for a year on the junior varsity team.

Two of Rensselaer’s best wide-receivers, Evan and Flynn, are both team record-holders. Evan scored a team-high 15 touchdowns in 2001 and holds the team’s career touchdown record at 28. Flynn also holds multiple records including single-season and career records in both receptions and yards.

Grant, a four-year starter, two-year captain, and Academic All American, ranked second on the team in terms of tackles.

“They were all different,” said Coach King in an interview with the Albany Times Union. “Some were offensive linemen. Some were defensive linemen. Some were receivers. They came in all shapes and sizes. But one thing they all had in common was they wanted to find a way to win.”

Last summer Grant was married to his wife, Alene. The wedding reception was held on ’86 Field, where — fittingly — the brothers and even Coach King played football.

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