He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1905, Torrey helped the University of Pennsylvania claim an undefeated record, winning 12 and tying 1 game against Lafayette College, 6-6. During an October 7, 1905 game between Swarthmore College and Penn, played at Franklin Field, Swarthmore"s Tiny Maxwell had his nose broken, his eyes swollen, and nearly shut, and his face dripped with blood.
Maxwell reportedly continue to play until near the end of the game, when his face was so bloody and swollen that he could no longer see, yet he never complained of the physical beating.
1905, 18 players died playing college football and 159 were seriously injured. A newspaper photo was taken of face.
The photo then found its way to President Theodore Roosevelt. The photograph of Maxwell"s face shocked and enraged President Roosevelt into threatening to abolish football, if the colleges themselves did not take steps to eliminate the brutality and reduce injuries.
Bob Torrey, was the Penn player opposite of Maxwell that day.
Although Torrey can not be personally blamed for Maxwell"s injuries, it is no secret that Penn offensive line double and triple-teamed Maxwell, feeling that if they stopped "Tiny" they could finish the season unbeaten. While several writers and scholars have made exhaustive searches for the photo of Maxwell’s battered face, none have ever been foundation Though the events surrounding the Roosevelt-Maxwell story supposedly occurred in 1905, the story didn"t appear until it was mentioned in the second edition of Frank G. Menke"s Encyclopedia of Sports published in 1944.
Meanwhile, Maxwell died in 1922.
The 1960s and 1970s update of the Encyclopedia also continued to run the Maxwell-Roosevelt story. The Maxwell Football Club, formed by sportswriters and athletic officials to honor Maxwell, picked up the story and made it more credible.
As a result, it became the official account of 1905 and was enshrined in Jack Falla’s history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and at the College Football Hall of Fame. What is absolutely certain is that on October 9, 1905, Teddy Roosevelt held a meeting of football representatives from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.
Though he lectured on eliminating and reducing injuries, he never threatened to ban football or mentioned the Maxwell injury.
He also lacked the authority to abolish football. In fact he was actually a fan of the game. The President"s sons were also playing football at the college and secondary levels at the time.