Dana Kafer
Date of birth: March 23, 1880
Place of birth: Trenton, New Jersey
Date of death: March 22, 1937(1937-03-22) (aged 56)
Place of death: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
College: Princeton University

Joseph Dana Kafer (March 23, 1880 – March 22, 1937) was an American football player. He played college football for the Princeton Tigers football team from 1901 to 1903 and was selected as a consensus All-American at the halfback position in 1903.[1] Kafer sustained a shoulder injury during a football game in October 1901 that kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season.[2] He scored three touchdowns in Princeton's 1903 victory over Cornell. He was also a member of the Yale baseball team.[3]

Kafer grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Before enrolling at Yale, he attended preparatory school at the Lawrenceville School.[3] From 1912 to 1927, he worked as a businessman in Trenton, New Jersey. Kafer was also employed as a civil engineer for the J. L. Mott Iron Works in Trenton. He was married to Lyda Elsie Pierson Kafer. In 1937, he died of a heart attack at his home in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, at age 57.[3][4]


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