One of the top defensive players ever to play at Hampden-Sydney, Sid Kirstein was a leading member of some of the top football teams in the school's history. During his tenure at H-SC, the Tigers posted a 33-9 record, including one stretch of 19 consecutive regular season victories and played in two Knute Rockne Bowls. In 1971, the Tigers posted a 10-0 regular season record and led the nation in total defense (115.6 yards-per-game) and scoring defense (3.4 points-per-game).
A disruptive presence from his defensive end position, Kirstein was a three-time selection to the All-Mason-Dixon and All-State teams. He also received honorable mention All-America recognition for three consecutive seasons. As a junior, he received the special honor of being named captain of the Virginia All-State team.
An outstanding student, Kirstein was nominated for Academic All-American honors. He was an officer in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, a member of ODK, listed inWho's Who and involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was also the recipient of the Gammon Cup in 1973. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Kirstein practices law in his hometown of Lynchburg, VA.