Touchdown arrived on campus in 1915 when the Cornell University Athletic Association bought him as a live black bear cub for $25. Touchdown was an instant good luck charm when Cornell's football team went undefeated that same year. After Harvard tried to steal Touchdown at a football game, Touchdown was retired to the wild where he lived out the rest of his days. Touchdown had many successors including Touchdown II, III & IV.
Now Touchdown's appearances are managed by the Big Red Bears, a student-run organization. We have approximately 15 members who trade off mascotting events. We love continuing Touchdown's legacy and hope to do so for many more years to come!