Bo Roberson

Irvin "Bo" Roberson (July 23, 1935 – April 15, 2001) was an American track and field athlete and football player. At Cornell University he excelled in basketball, football, and track and field. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy he won the silver medal in the long jump, a centimeter short of the Olympic record 8.12 m gold medal jump by Ralph Boston.

Bo Roberson
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome Long jump
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Long jump
Bo Roberson
No. 26, 40, 46
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:(1935-07-23)July 23, 1935
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died:April 15, 2001(2001-04-15) (aged 65)
Pasadena, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

After the Olympics, Roberson had a seven-year Pro Football career as a wide receiver in the American Football League with the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins. He caught three passes for eighty-eight yards in the Bills' 23–0 defeat of the Chargers in the 1965 American Football League Championship Game. Roberson led the league in all purpose yards in 1964, and was named to the AFL All-Star Game in 1965.

After his NFL career was over, Roberson became the first track and field coach at University of California, Irvine and later coached track at Rolling Hills High School.

Roberson is the only person to have an Ivy League degree, a Ph.D., an Olympic medal and a career in the NFL.[1]

At the time of his death, he was retired from a position as psychologist with the Los Angeles Unified School District.[2]

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  1. ^ Hoover, Brett,""The Bo You Didn't Know"" (PDF). Archived from the original on June 15, 2006. Retrieved December 7, 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), 2006, Retrieved December 7, 2013
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