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Bob Kennedy (American football, born 1921)

Robert Henry Kennedy (June 29, 1921 – July 29, 2010) was a professional American football player who played running back for five seasons for the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the New York Yanks of the National Football League (NFL).[1]

Bob Kennedy
Born:(1921-06-29)June 29, 1921
Sandpoint, Idaho
Died:July 29, 2010(2010-07-29) (aged 89)
Boise, Idaho
Career information
Position(s)Running back
Defensive back
CollegeWashington State College
NFL draft1943 / Round: 4 / Pick 27
(By the Philadelphia Eagles)
Career history
As player
1946–1949New York Yankees (AAFC)
1950New York Yanks

Football careerEdit

Kennedy attended Washington State College, where he was an All-American quarterback and fullback.[2] He continued to play football for the U.S. Army Air Force during the years of World War II.[2]

Although drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles organization, after the war Kennedy signed a contract to play for the upstart New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference, a new professional league established in competition with the long-established National Football League. Kennedy played "both ways" for the Yankees, starting as a running back on offense and a linebacker and defensive back on defense.[2]

In 1950, following the merger of the AAFC and the NFL, Kennedy played one season for the short-lived New York Yanks franchise of the NFL.

Life after footballEdit

During his later years Kennedy worked as a real estate broker and a property developer in Southern California.[2] Kennedy was a proficient chef and an aficionado of playing cards.[2]