Jim Katcavage (1952–1956), New York Giants football player for 13 years and three time all-Pro defensive end.
Chuck Noll (1948-1952), Cleveland Browns player, and 4x Super Bowl winning coach for Steelers.
Dayton has won two national championships, both during their tenure in Division III.
Dayton has made five appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Game, also known as the Stagg Bowl. The Flyers defeated Ithaca, 63–0 in the 1980 championship game, and defeated Union (NY) 17–7 in the 1989 championship game. The Flyers were unsuccessful in three other championship game appearances, losing 17–10 to Widener in 1981, 19–3 to Wagner in 1987, and 34–20 to Ithaca in 1991.
From 2001–2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions, with the winners of those divisions participating in a Conference Championship Game. As winners of the Pioneer Football League's North Division, Dayton has made two appearance in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2001 and 2002.
They also played in the Gridiron Classic in 2007 against Northeast Conference opponent Albany, winning 42–21.
The Sports Network Cup was a way of determining the best mid major team in Division I FCS, with first place votes determining the winner between teams from the Pioneer Football League, the Northeast Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association.