Rutherford lettered seven times in football, soccer, and baseball during his EHS career.
He was a defensive back and punter for the football team and was the baseball team’s top pitcher and hitter. As a member of the soccer team, Rutherford led the Maroon to a Washington Metropolitan League second-place finish in 1957. He was a two-year co-captain and three-time All-Metropolitan forward. His senior year, he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Washington Metropolitan League.
Classmates clearly loved Rutherford. Whispers called him a “fan favorite” in football as the “little fellow with the bruising block-tackles and tremendous punting.” In soccer, the yearbook declared him “invariably the shining light in each game.”
Rutherford went on to Williams College, where he played soccer, football, and baseball and took up lacrosse and squash. He was the leading scorer and co-captain of a soccer team that won a New England Championship in 1961. He also earned All-American honors that year.