Robert Melville "Bob" Lee (born August 7, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former professional American football player. He graduated from Lowell High School (San Francisco) in 1963. Nicknamed "General" Bob Lee during a brief period of success with the Atlanta Falcons, Lee was selected in the 17th round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1968 NFL Draft. A quarterback and punter from the University of the Pacific, Lee played in 14 NFL seasons from 1967-1981 for 3 teams.
As a member of the Vikings, he saw action as a punter in Super Bowl IV and he threw a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XI. With starting quarterback Fran Tarkenton's late season injury in the 1977 season, Lee started and led the Vikings to a 14-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs. The game was infamous due to the muddy conditions. Lee started the NFC Championship the next week as well against the Dallas Cowboys, but the Vikings lost 23-6. He was also a backup in Super Bowl XIV as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.
During his stint with the Falcons, he led Atlanta to a 20-14 victory over the 9-0 Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football on November 19, 1973. 1973 was Lee's most successful season in the NFL. He replaced Dick Shiner as the Falcons quarterback in Week 5 and led the Falcons to seven consecutive wins, including the win over the Vikings, on their way to a 9-5 record, the Falcons' best season in their history at that point. Lee started 10 games and passed for 1,786 yards with 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
His son, Zac Lee, was the starting quarterback for the University of Nebraska for most of the 2009 season. His daughter Jenna Lee is a former anchor for Fox Business Network (which spun off from Fox News Channel), and was an anchor on Fox News Channel before her contract expired.
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|NFL draft||1968 / Round: 17 / Pick 441|
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The 1967 Pacific Tigers football team represented the University of the Pacific during the 1967 NCAA University Division football season.
Pacific competed as an independent in 1967. They played home games in Pacific Memorial Stadium in Stockton, California. In their second season under head coach Doug Scovil, the Tigers finished with a record of four wins and five losses (4–5). For the 1967 season they outscored their opponents 201–158.1968 Minnesota Vikings season
The 1968 season was the Minnesota Vikings' eighth in the National Football League. Under head coach Bud Grant, the Vikings won the NFL Central division title with an 8–6 record, and qualified for the postseason for the first time in franchise history. The Vikings' first trip to the playoffs saw them suffer a 24–14 loss in the Western Conference Championship Game to the eventual NFL champion and Super Bowl runner-up Baltimore Colts at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. In the Playoff Bowl two weeks later, they again lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17–13.1968 NFL/AFL Draft
The 1968 National Football League draft was part of the common draft, in the second year in which the NFL and AFL held a joint draft of college players. It took place at the Belmont Plaza Hotel in New York City on January 30–31, 1968.This was the last draft until 1980 in which the Washington Redskins exercised their first-round pick. Most of them were traded away by coach George Allen between 1971 and 1977 due to Allen's well-known preference for veteran players over rookies.Bob (given name)
Bob is a male given name or a hypocorism, usually of Robert, and sometimes a diminutive of Bobby. It is most common in English speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
It most likely originated from the hypocorism Rob, short for Robert. Rhyming names were popular in the Middle Ages, so Richard became Rick, Hick, or Dick, William became Will, Gill, or Bill, and Robert became Rob, Hob, Dob, Nob, or Bob.In 1960 nearly 3,000 babies in the United States were given the name Bob compared to fewer than 50 in 2000.Minnesota Vikings draft history
This page is a list of the Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft selections. The first draft the Vikings participated in was the 1961 NFL Draft, in which they made Tommy Mason of Tulane their first ever selection.
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