Henry "Hank" Eberle '55
Induction Year: 1998
Sport(s): Football, Basketball
Graduation Year: 1955

Henry Eberle, originally from Sharon Hill and now retired from Sun Oil Corp., is the recently elected mayor of Ridley Park. He played both football and basketball at F&M and at the end of his career, was presented the F&M Alumni Association's athlete of the year award. Football was his true love. Eberle played receiver for football and started every game except the first of his freshman season for the Diplomats. In his first game, he scored tow touchdowns. During his career, he caught 75 passes in 32 games, 20 of which resulted in touchdowns.

Eberle also played defensive back and blocked three punts while playing on the football team. Probably the most memorable game for Eberle and the Diplomats was a 40-38 come-from-behind victory at American International College (AIC) during his sophomore season. The Diplomats rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to win on the last play of the game. Facing fourth down and 10 at the AIC 20-yard line and just two second on the clock, sophomore QB Dale Ritter found Eberle for his third TD reception of the day (Ritter's fifth TD pass of the day).

F&M drove 63 yards in the final three minutes for the game winning score to stay undefeated (5-0) on the way to a 7-1 final record. The Lancaster newspaper reported, "How Eberle ever managed to elude all the black jerseys that surrounded him is one of those things that will never be known. It was one of the most sensational catches in the history of football at Franklin & Marshall."

He was a three-year starter for the basketball team and was named co-captain his senior year. The Diplomats recorded a 28-26 record during Eberle's three seasons, including a 14-6 mark his sophomore season.