One of the leaders in the rebirth of Washington and Lee football after the abolition of subsidized football in 1954 was Steve Suttle '62 from Uvalde, Texas. Suttle helped engineer W&L's rise from a 1-7 record his freshman year in 1958 to a 9-0 record and the Washington, D.C., Touchdown Club's Timmie Award as the outstanding small college team in the nation his senior year in 1961.
Suttle excelled as both a quarterback on offense and as a linebacker/safety on defense in head coach Lee McLaughlin's three-platoon system. An outstanding athlete, Suttle was the team's leading rusher as a sophomore and ran for 898 yards and nine touchdowns in his career, trailing only the legendary Gil Bocetti for the most yards gained by a W&L quarterback. Suttle led W&L to a record of 17-0-1 in his final two seasons, earning all-state honors both seasons.
As a junior, Suttle was named W&L's Outstanding Athlete by the Lexington Jaycees on the recommendation of the coaching staff. As a senior, he was team captain, received the Clovis Moomaw Football Award for leadership and sportsmanship, the University's Outstanding Senior Athlete Award, and honorable mention on the Associated Press Little All-America team. Suttle also lettered in track and lacrosse.
Suttle was a Dean's List student and Honor Roll student and graduated cum laude. He served as secretery of the student body executive committee, as a member of the W&L Athletic committee, as president of Delta Tau Delta, was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.