Bob Whitlow

Robert Edward Whitlow (born February 15, 1936) is a former American football center in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Cleveland Browns. He played college football at the University of Arizona.

Bob Whitlow
No. 66, 61, 51, 53
Personal information
Born:February 15, 1936 (age 83)
Shelbyville, Indiana
Career information
High school:Bloomington (IN)
College:Compton JC
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Indiana Football Hall of Fame (2000)
  • Monroe County, Indiana Sports Hall of Fame (2012)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:100
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Whitlow was born in Shelbyville, Indiana and attended Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Indiana, where he played high school football and participated in track and field as a shot putter.[1]

College and military career

After high school, Whitlow attended and played college football at Compton Junior College in Compton, California, before transferring to the University of Arizona.[2] He was also a shot putter in college.[1] He left college in 1957 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.[2]

Professional career

After serving with the Marines, Whitlow qualified for the Summer Olympics in shot put, but decided to play football instead.[1] He signed with the Chicago Bears in 1960, but was then traded to the Washington Redskins.[2] Midway through the 1961 season, he was traded to the Detroit Lions, where he played through 1965 and played every offensive down in 1962 and 1963.[2] Whitlow was then trade to the Atlanta Falcons during their inaugural 1966 season. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Rams for undisclosed draft picks, but never played for the Rams.[3][4] In 1968, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was waived before the end of the offseason.[5] He was then signed by the Cleveland Browns and played for them for one season, but then had to retire after a hernia operation.[6]

During the Detroit Lions 1963 season, Whitlow was the center for George Plimpton when Plimpton was practicing and playing with the Lions for the Sports Illustrated article that became the book "Paper Lion".[7]

Racing career

Whitlow is the only NFL player to also compete in USAC and NASCAR stockcar events.

Coaching career

Whitlow was the head basketball coach at Madonna College from 1988 to 1989, posting a 13-17 record.[2][8] He is now a track and field coach at Northview High School in Johns Creek, Georgia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Northview Track and Field Coaches". Northview High School. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e "WHITLOW, ROBERT". Indiana Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  3. ^ "Rams, Falcons Trade". The Milwaukee Journal. Google News Archives. July 18, 1967. p. 10. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rams Drop Former Star Trojan Back". The Spokesman-Review. Google News Archives. August 31, 1967. p. 7. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Bryson, Mike (August 27, 1968). "Several Veterans Among Players Cut". The Free Lance–Star. Google News Archives. p. 20. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Former Pro Gridder Whitlow Finds New Sport". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Google News Archives. July 29, 1973. p. B2. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
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  8. ^ Risak, C.J. (July 20, 1992). "Brand New Start:Sharpe to Lead Madonna's Men's Basketball" (PDF). Westland Observer. Retrieved July 24, 2015.

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1960 NFL Draft

The 1960 National Football League Draft in which NFL teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, was held at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia on November 30, 1959. Many players, including half of those drafted in the first round, signed with teams in the newly created American Football League, including the first overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon. At the time of the draft, the Cardinals were still the Chicago Cardinals; they moved to St. Louis in March 1960. The Dallas Cowboys were enfranchised in January 1960 after the draft.

1962 Detroit Lions season

The 1962 Detroit Lions season was the 33rd season in franchise history. In one of the best regular seasons in their history, the Lions posted an 11–3 record (.786), but finished two games behind the eventual NFL champion Packers in the NFL Western Conference. It was third straight season the Lions finished as runner-up to the Packers in the West.

As conference runner-up, Detroit won their third consecutive Playoff Bowl game over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17–10. The third place game was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami on January 6, three weeks after the end of the regular season.The Lions never trailed by more than seven points at any point in any game during the season, a feat that was not repeated for 48 years. Their 26–14 win over the Packers

on Thanksgiving Day in Week 11 denied defending champion Green Bay the NFL's first true perfect season. The Lions were up 26–0 in the fourth quarter before Green Bay scored two touchdowns; the Packers had won the first meeting 9–7 in the mud in Green Bay with a late field goal on October 7.

1966 NFL expansion draft

The 1966 NFL expansion draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Atlanta Falcons, selected its first players. On June 30, 1965, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle awarded the first NFL franchise in the Deep South to the city of Atlanta and granted ownership to Rankin Smith Sr.So that the Falcons could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Falcons the first pick in the 1966 NFL Draft, supplemented with the final pick in the first five rounds. The NFL also gave the new team the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 15, 1966. In this draft, held six weeks after the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Falcons could select to switch to the new team.

Each of the 14 established teams froze 29 players on their 40-man rosters that opened the 1965 season (That made 154 players available.). Atlanta picked one of the 11 and then each team froze two more. Atlanta was able to select two more for a total of 42 players chosen. The Falcons paid $8.5 million for the franchise. (Feb 17, 1966 St. Petersburg Times.)

1973 Alamo 500

The 1973 Alamo 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on June 10, 1973, at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. Speeds for this race would reach an average of 142.114 miles per hour (228.710 km/h).The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.

1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series was the 25th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 2nd modern-era Cup season. The season began on Sunday January 21 and ended on Sunday October 21. 31 races were scheduled in the 1973 season. 28 were held.

Benny Parsons was crowned Winston Cup champion at the end of the season finishing 67 points ahead of Cale Yarborough. Lennie Pond was named NASCAR Rookie of the Year, succeeding Larry Smith, who was fatally injured in the year's Talladega 500. David Pearson dominated the season winning 11 of the 18 races he entered. Ten of Pearson's wins were on superspeedways, setting a NASCAR record for superspeedway wins that lasted until Bill Elliott broke it in 1985.

College of Coaches

The College of Coaches was an unorthodox strategy employed by the Chicago Cubs in 1961 and 1962. After the Cubs finished 60–94 in 1960, their 14th straight second-division finish, Cubs owner P. K. Wrigley announced in December 1960 that the Cubs would no longer have a manager, but would be led by an eight-man committee. The experiment was widely ridiculed in baseball circles, and was effectively ended in 1962 before being completely abandoned in 1965.

Keselowski Motorsports

Keselowski Motorsports, formerly known as K-Automotive Racing and Brian Keselowski Motorsports, is an auto racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. K-Automotive previously raced in ARCA and the Nationwide Series. K-Automotive was owned and operated by Bob, Brian and Kay Keselowski. Brian Keselowski Motorsports is owned and operated by Brian Keselowski.

The team began racing in ARCA and USAC Series in the 1969 with Ron driving and Bob serving as the team’s crew chief.

List of Atlanta Falcons players

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List of Detroit Lions players

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List of Washington Redskins players

This is a list of American football players who have played for the Washington Redskins, as well as its predecessors the Boston Braves (1932) and Boston Redskins (1933–1936), in the National Football League (NFL). It includes players that have played at least five games in the NFL regular season. The Washington Redskins franchise was founded in Boston, Massachusetts as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The name was changed the next year to the Redskins. In 1937, the franchise moved to Washington, D.C.The Redskins have played over 1,000 games. In those games, the club won five professional American football championships including two NFL Championships and three Super Bowls. The franchise captured ten NFL divisional titles and six NFL conference championships.Overall, the Redskins have had a total of 23 players and coaches (17 primary, six minor) inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Many Redskins players have also had successful college football careers, including six who were Heisman Trophy winners: Gary Beban, Desmond Howard, Vic Janowicz, George Rogers, Danny Wuerffel, and Robert Griffin III. In addition, the Heisman Trophy sculpture was modeled after Ed Smith in 1934, who became a Redskins player in 1936.Several former players have become head coach of the Redskins, including Turk Edwards, Dick Todd, and Jack Pardee. In addition, former players have become assistant coaches, such as Earnest Byner, Russ Grimm, Greg Manusky, and Keenan McCardell. Other players have also become successful in non-sport activities, like acting (Terry Crews and Jamal Duff) and politics (Tom Osborne and Heath Shuler).Players on the Redskins have also been related from time to time. In 1957, Redskins end Joe Walton became the first son of an NFL player to play in the league. His father, Frank Walton also played on the Redskins. Joe Krakoski and his son, also named Joe Krakoski, also both played for the Redskins. In addition, four sets of brothers have played with each other while on the Redskins: Chris and Nic Clemons, Cecil and Ray Hare, Ed and Robert Khayat, and Dan and Matt Turk.

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