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).
|Born:||June 29, 1921|
|Died:||July 29, 2010 (aged 89)|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Sandpoint (ID)|
|NFL Draft:||1943 / Round: 4 / Pick: 27|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
|Service/||U.S. Army Air Forces|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
After graduation from Sandpoint High School in northern Idaho, Kennedy attended Washington State College in Pullman and played college football for the Cougars; he was an All-American fullback and quarterback. He continued to play football for the U.S. Army Air Forces during the years of World War II, with the Third Air Force Gremlins.
Although selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1943 NFL Draft, after the war Kennedy signed a contract to play for the upstart New York Yankees of the AAFC, a new professional league established in competition with the established NFL. Kennedy played "both ways" for the Yankees, starting as a running back on offense and a linebacker and defensive back on defense.
He was inducted into the WSU athletic hall of fame in 1988.
- Strite, Dick (October 4, 1942). "WSC Cougars plow through Webfoots, 7-0". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1.
- Hampson, Fred (October 25, 1942). "Washington State overpowers Oregon State, 26-13". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 18.
- "Boom! Kennedy scores". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). (photo). November 9, 1942. p. 11.
- "Kennedy winds up as leader". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 7, 1942. p. 11.
- "Robert H. 'Bob' Kennedy," The Arizona Republic, www.azcentral.com/
- "Many W.S.C. and Idaho football players named in pro league draft". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 9, 1943. p. 13.
- Pierce, Oliver (September 14, 1988). "Six to join WSU's hall of fame". Idahonian. (Moscow). p. 9A.
- Washington State University Athletics Hall of Fame – Bob Kennedy
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro-Football-Reference
- Bob Kennedy at Find a Grave