A hard hitting linebacker, McGovern was chosen First Team All New England and All ECAC after both his junior and senior years. He made honorable mention All American as a junior, as a senior was chosen first team All American by The Football News, and Second Team by AP and Sports Network. A Colonial League All-Star both in 1987 and 1988, McGovern was the League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. His senior season also marked his selection as NE Gold Helmet Award (defensive player of the year), Sports Illustrated National Defensive Player of the week (vs. Colgate), and Bulger Lowe Award as New England’s outstanding player. He competed on teams which compiled an overall record of 34-9-1, including three Lambert Cup Winners (1986, 1987, 1988), two Patriot League Champions (1986, 1987), and the undefeated 1987 squad which was chosen #1 in the final NCAA national poll. After pursuing an NFL career, he pursued a legal career.