Bob Odell (American football)

Robert Harper Odell (March 5, 1922 – December 15, 2012) was an American football player who, as a college senior at the University of Pennsylvania, won the Maxwell Award in 1943. In 1944 he was drafted in the second round (15th overall) by the Chicago-Pittsburgh Cardinals-Steelers but served in the United States Navy from 1944 through 1946. The Pittsburgh Steelers offered Odell $8,000 to play for the 1946 season. However, his doctor recommended that he give up football due to a knee injury suffered while playing basketball. He was the head football coach at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1960s and at Williams College from 1971 to 1986. With a record of 75–49–4 in 16 years as the head coach at Williams, Odell ranks third in career wins behind Dick Farley and Charlie Caldwell. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

He died of kidney disease in a nursing home in 2012.[1]

Bob Odell
Personal information
Born:March 5, 1922
Corning, Iowa
Died:December 15, 2012 (aged 90)
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Career information
NFL Draft:1944 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Yale (1946–1947) (assistant coach)
  • Temple (1948) (assistant coach)
  • Wisconsin (1949–1957) (line coach)
  • Buckell (1958–1964) (head coach)
  • Penn (1965–1970) (head coach)
  • Williams (1971–1986) (head coach)
Career highlights and awards

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Bucknell Bison (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1958–1964)
1958 Bucknell 1–8 1–5 6th (University)
1959 Bucknell 4–5 3–3 4th (University)
1960 Bucknell 7–2 5–1 2nd (University)
1961 Bucknell 6–3 5–2 2nd (University)
1962 Bucknell 6–3 5–1 2nd (University)
1963 Bucknell 6–3 3–1 2nd (University)
1964 Bucknell 7–2 4–1 T–2nd (University)
Bucknell: 37–26 26–14
Penn Quakers (Ivy League) (1965–1970)
1965 Penn 4–4–1 2–4–1 6th
1966 Penn 2–7 1–6 7th
1967 Penn 3–6 2–5 6th
1968 Penn 7–2 5–2 3rd
1969 Penn 4–5 2–5 T–5th
1970 Penn 4–5 2–5 6th
Penn: 24–29–1 14–27–1
Williams Ephs (New England Small College Athletic Conference) (1971–1986)
1971 Williams 7–1
1972 Williams 7–1
1973 Williams 6–2
1974 Williams 7–1
1975 Williams 7–0–1
1976 Williams 4–4
1977 Williams 5–3
1978 Williams 5–3
1979 Williams 4–4
1980 Williams 5–2–1
1981 Williams 3–5
1982 Williams 4–4
1983 Williams 2–5–1
1984 Williams 3–5
1985 Williams 2–5–1
1986 Williams 4–4
Williams: 75–49–4
Total: 136–104–5


  1. ^ Frank Fitzpatrick (October 22, 2012). "Bob Odell, 90; college football hall of famer starred at Penn". Retrieved December 24, 2012.

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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.

Bob Odell

Bob Odell may refer to:

Bob Odell (American football) (1922–2012), American football player and coach

Bob Odell (politician) (born 1943), Republican member of the New Hampshire Senate

Odell (surname)

Odell is an English surname originating in Bedfordshire. In some families the surname is spelled O'Dell, in a mistaken Irish adaptation. Notable people with the surname include:

Amy Odell, British singer-songwriter

Benjamin Barker Odell, Jr. (1854–1926), American politician and governor

Benjamin Odell (producer) (born 1969), American film producer

Bob Odell (American football) (born 1922), American football player

Bob Odell (politician) (born 1943), American politician

Cary Odell (1910–1988), American art director

David Odell, American screenwriter and film director

Deborah Odell, Canadian actress

Dianne Odell (1947–2008), American poliomyelitis patient

Edward Odell (1947–2013), American mathematician

Helen Odell (1922-2012), American artist

Horace Odell (1910–1984), American javelin thrower

Howard Odell (1910–2000), American football player and coach

Jack Odell (1920–2007), English toy inventor

Jonas Odell (born 1962), Swedish director

Jonathan Odell (1737–1818), American poet

Mary Jane Odell (1923-2010), American politician

Mats Odell (born 1947), Swedish politician

Matthew Odell (born 1979), American pianist

Maude Odell (1871–1937), American actress

Moses F. Odell (1818–1866), American politician

N. Holmes Odell (1828–1904), American politician

Noel Odell (1890–1987), English geologist and mountaineer

Robert Odell (1896–1984), American art director

Tom Odell (born 1990), British singer-songwriter

Wally Odell, English footballer

William Hunter Odell (1811–1891), Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician

William Odell (1881–1917), English cricketer

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