Bob Avellini

Robert Hayden Avellini (born August 28, 1953) is a former National Football League quarterback. For most of his career, he played for the Chicago Bears before finishing with the New York Jets. His nickname was "Slow-Mo".

Bob Avellini
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Personal information
Born:August 28, 1953 (age 65)
Queens, New York
Career information
NFL Draft:1975 / Round: 6 / Pick: 135
Career history
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:54.8
Player stats at

Professional career

As a rookie with the Bears in 1975, Avellini started four games on a team that finished 4–10. He threw for 942 yards with 6 TD passes along with 11 interceptions.

Fully established as the Bears starter in 1976, he started all fourteen games, throwing for 1580 yards, although with a bad "td pass/int" ratio of 8/15. Chicago improved to a 7–7 mark. Avellini improved those numbers in 1977, passing for 2004 yards while once again starting every game for the Bears. His interception rate was rather high, throwing 18 picks compared to only 11 touchdown passes. The Bears showed improvement as they tied the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC Central title at 9–5 and earned a trip to the playoffs as the wildcard team, where they were handily beaten by the Dallas Cowboys. Walter Payton’s big season, he ran for over 1,800 yards rushing, had much to do with their success.

In 1978, the Bears struggled. They started 4-8 with Avellini under center, as he threw for 16 interceptions – while tossing 5 TD passes. This caused coach Neill Armstrong to make a switch at quarterback. He inserted veteran Mike Phipps into the starting role.[1] Phipps, who the Bears had traded their first-round pick in the 1978 draft to acquire from Cleveland, promptly won three out of the final four games, to establish himself as the starter for the next season. The Bears surprisingly rolled to a 10-6 record in 1979, tying Tampa Bay for the division title, and Avellini was now in the backup. He continued in this capacity, playing behind Phipps, Vince Evans and Jim McMahon until the 1984 season, seeing little action on the field.

In 1984 – with the Bears starting 2–0 – Jim McMahon was injured and Mike Ditka inserted Avellini in as the starter for a road game against Green Bay.[2] Avellini had only started five games since the end of the 1978 season. The Bears mustered little offense with Avellini at the controls, but still managed to edge the Packers 9–7. Chicago struggled the next week as they were soundly beaten by Seattle 38–9. This resulted in Avellini being cut from the Bear’s roster by Ditka thus ending his decade-long tenure with Chicago. Avellini later signed with the New York Jets where he ended his playing career after the 1984 season. The Bears, meanwhile, went to the NFC Championship game that season and won the Super Bowl the next season. Avellini made a brief comeback in 1986 with the Dallas Cowboys starting 3 preseason games but was released as the final cut.

Legal troubles

In May 2009, Avellini was arrested for driving under the influence and acquitted for the third time. He had been convicted of the offense in 2002. In October 2013, a DuPage County grand jury indicted Avellini on felony drunken driving charges a week after his sixth DUI-related arrest since 2002. On November 19, 2014, Avellini was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his 3rd DUI.[3] Avellini declared bankruptcy on February 27, 2012 listing debts of more than $2.2 million and assets of $1.3 million.

On November 20, 2014, Avellini was sentenced to 18 months in prison for aggravated DUI.[4]

Personal life

Avellini is actively involved in a number of Chicago area charitable organizations and despite his professional real estate career has been on the air at several Chicago radio and television sports shows.


  1. ^ 1979 Chicago Bears
  2. ^ 1984 Chicago Bears
  3. ^ Avellini acquitted of DUI again, ESPN, May 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Ward, Clifford (November 20, 2014). "Former Bears QB Avellini gets 18 months in prison for aggravated DUI: prosecutors". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2014.

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1972 Maryland Terrapins football team

The 1972 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. In their first season under head coach Jerry Claiborne, the Terrapins compiled a 5–5–1 record (3–2–1 in conference), finished in third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and outscored their opponents 243 to 217. The team's statistical leaders included Bob Avellini with 1,251 passing yards, Louis Carter with 474 rushing yards, and Don Ratliff with 515 receiving yards.

1974 Maryland Terrapins football team

The 1974 Maryland Terrapins football team represented University of Maryland in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The Terrapins offense scored 316 points while the defense allowed 104 points. Led by head coach Jerry Claiborne, the Terrapins appeared in the Liberty Bowl.

1976 Chicago Bears season

The 1976 Chicago Bears season was their 57th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 7–7 record, in their second season under Jack Pardee. The .500 record and second-place finish were the team's best since 1968. This was also the first season for the Chicago Honey Bears, the team's official cheerleading squad.

1977 Chicago Bears season

The 1977 Chicago Bears season was their 58th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–5 record, which was their first winning season since 1967 and earned them a wild card spot against the Dallas Cowboys, who eventually beat the Bears en route to a Super Bowl victory. This was their first postseason appearance since winning the 1963 championship. They secured this by winning their last six games, including among others the last of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ record run of twenty-six losses.

Walter Payton was the star of the team as he led the entire NFL in rushing (1,852 yards), 275 of those 1,852 came on a November 20 game against their division rivals the Minnesota Vikings and he did it despite coming down with the flu and a dark rainy day at Soldier Field.

A week after the Dallas playoff loss, Coach Pardee stunned the team by resigning to take the head coaching position of the Washington Redskins (George Allen having been fired after the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs by a Bears overtime victory over the New York Giants in the last game of the regular season).

1984 Chicago Bears season

The 1984 Chicago Bears season was their 65th regular season and 15th post-season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–6 record, earning them a spot in the NFL playoffs. The Bears went on to lose in the NFC Championship Game 23–0 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears opened their 1984 training camp in a new location, Platteville, Wisconsin as head coach Mike Ditka needed his team to get away from any distractions they might face at home. The team was on the verge of discovering a group of young leaders for the first time, and began to show the dominating defense that would emerge in full the following season, and pushed much farther than anyone expected them to go.

Chicago opened the season by routing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34–14. In Week Two, they shut out the Denver Broncos 27–0 behind a huge day from star running back Walter Payton. This game featured a famous image from Payton's career: a 50+ yard run down the sideline, led by 2nd-year guard Mark Bortz, an 8th round draft pick that was converted from defensive tackle.

In Week Three, they were without the services of starting quarterback Jim McMahon at Green Bay, reserve quarterback Bob Avellini took the reins. Chicago's offense performed poorly, but still managed a 9–7 victory. This contest marked the first meeting between Mike Ditka and Packers head coach Forrest Gregg. It would be a rivalry that would go down in history as arguably the dirtiest era in Chicago-Green Bay football.In Week Four, the Bears' lack of offensive power was evident as they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 38–9. After this loss, Ditka cut Avellini. The following week, the Bears lost to the Dallas Cowboys 23–14, bringing their record to 3–2.

On October 7, 1984, Walter Payton reached a major milestone as he surpassed Jim Brown as the game's all-time leading rusher in yards, he did it in the third quarter of a Week Six home game against the New Orleans Saints. The Bears beat the Saints 20–7. Incidentally, the 1984 Bears ran for the second-most rushing attempts in a season, with 674.In Week Seven, the Bears lost 38–21 to the Cardinals in St. Louis the following week. Sitting at 4–3, the Bears proceeded to win three in a row. They beat Tampa Bay 44–9, then Minnesota Vikings at home, 16–7. Following the Minnesota win came the biggest challenge for the Bears: a showdown with the defending world champion Los Angeles Raiders. The Bears beat the Raiders 17–6, a game that showcased Richard Dent, who collected three sacks against Raiders QB Marc Wilson. Dent would finish with 17.5 sacks, third-most for the season behind Mark Gastineau and Andre Tippett. The Bears would then record 72 sacks, a team record. The Bears' victory was marred by a kidney laceration suffered by Jim McMahon, ending his season.

Six-year veteran QB Steve Fuller had been acquired from the Los Angeles Rams prior to the 1984 season for insurance in case McMahon was injured. The investment paid off, as Fuller guided the Bears to a 2–1 record over the next 3 games. In the third game at Minnesota's new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Week Thirteen, the team clinched its first NFC Central Division title.

After the Minnesota game, Fuller was injured, and Chicago was faced with another quarterback problem. Ineffective Rusty Lisch replaced the injured Fuller and lost the Week Fourteen game at San Diego, then started the following week against Green Bay at home. Lisch was again ineffective, so Ditka inserted none other than Walter Payton behind center in the shotgun formation. Payton, unsurprisingly, was ineffective as well, and the Bears lost to the Packers 20–14.

Fuller was expected to return by the playoffs, but Ditka did not want to enter the postseason with another loss. The Bears signed 14-year journeyman Greg Landry to start his last NFL game against his previous team, the Detroit Lions, in the season finale. The Bears won 30–13, and were headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1979.

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