The Miami Dolphins sign former Princeton soccer star John Lovett ’19

One of only a few former Princeton football players in the NFL has a new home.

John Lovett ’19, quarterback for the undefeated Princeton football team, 2018-2019 Ivy League champion, was signed by the Miami Dolphins last week.

Lovett is one of the most accomplished athletes in Princeton sports history. After his high school career with football powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, he dominated the Ivy League, winning the Bushnell Cup for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 and again in 2018. Princeton finished first in the Ivy League for both seasons.

During his 2018 senior season, Lovett led the highest-scoring offense in Ivy League history and became Princeton’s first two-time first-team All-American since Keith Elias in the early 1990s. In 2016, Lovett broke Princeton’s single-season rushing touchdowns record with 20 points. He has 31 total touchdowns this season – more than five other Ivy League teams.

After going undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, Lovett was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs as a fullback. Unfortunately, he missed his entire rookie year after being placed on injured reserve during training camp, though he eventually became the Super Bowl champion when Kansas City ditched him before the start of the 20-21 season. Lovett was then signed by the Green Bay Packers. During the 20–2021 season, he recorded three receptions for six yards in eight games played. He alternated between the training team and the active squad before tearing a cruciate ligament at the end of the season in November.

The Dolphins signed John Lovett on February 18, 2022. Just a few weeks earlier, Miami had signed Mike McDaniel as the new head coach. McDaniel was previously the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, where he led an offense that made frequent use of fullbacks. Kyle Juszczyk, a former Harvard football star, played a significant role as a fullback for the 49ers under McDaniel.

With Mike McDaniel’s new offensive scheme, John Lovett could once again have considerable success.

Akshay Swani is a staff member in the sports and news department of The Prince. He can be reached at ns9735@princeton.edu.

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