Robert Gilchrist Douglass (born June 22, 1947) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) who played most of his career with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft. During his career, he also played for the San Diego Chargers, the New Orleans Saints, the Oakland Raiders, and Green Bay Packers. Douglass retired after the 1979 season, after playing 11 seasons in the NFL.
Douglass was raised in El Dorado, Kansas, where his father was a football coach and attended the University of Kansas. Douglass was a two-time All-Big Eight Conference (1967–68) selection and an All-American in 1968. During his senior season, Douglass directed the Jayhawks to a 9–2 record, a share of the Big Eight Conference title and a spot in the 1969 Orange Bowl. He passed for 1,316 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final year as a Jayhawk and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that season.
In 1972, playing for the Chicago Bears, Douglass set the record for most rushing yards by a QB in one season. The record stood for 34 years. In a 14-game 1972 season, he ran for 968 yards and 8 touchdowns on 141 carries. Four QBs (three in the CFL, one in the NFL) have since run for over 1,000 yards. With Douglass starting, the Chicago Bears had only a 13–31–1 record.
In a November 4, 1973, game against the Green Bay Packers, Douglass ran for four touchdowns in a 31-17 win. He and Billy Kilmer are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to rush for four touchdowns in a single game.
In five seasons from 1971–1975, Douglass played in 47 games and amassed 2,040 rushing yards. During that span, he averaged 43.4 rushing yards per game played—the third highest rushing yards per game average over a five-season span for a QB. (Michael Vick ranks first with 54.1 yds/g over a five-season span from 2002-2006).
After his NFL career was over, Douglass briefly played minor league baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization. In 1980, he pitched four games for the Iowa Oaks where he had 7 innings pitched, issued 13 walks and failed to record a strikeout.
Douglass was arrested on charges of trespassing on April 13, 2011.
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The 1967 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1967 college football season. In their first season under head coach Pepper Rodgers, the Jayhawks compiled a 5–5 record (5–2 against conference opponents), tied for second place in the Big Eight Conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 166 to 146. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Bobby Douglass with 1,326 passing yards and 415 rushing yards and John Mosier with 495 receiving yards. Mike Sweatman was the team captain.1968 Kansas Jayhawks football team
The 1968 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1968 college football season. In their second season under head coach Pepper Rodgers, the Jayhawks compiled a 9–2 record (6–1 against conference opponents), tied with Oklahoma for the Big Eight Conference championship, lost to Penn State in the 1969 Orange Bowl, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 394 to 190. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Bobby Douglass with 1,316 passing yards, John Riggins with 866 rushing yards and George McGowan with 592 receiving yards. John Zook was the team captain.Quarterback Bobby Douglass finished 7th in Heisman Trophy voting receiving 9 1st place votes.1970 Chicago Bears season
The 1970 Chicago Bears season was their 51st regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record, another below .500 showing, but a significant improvement over their 1–13 record of the previous season.1972 Chicago Bears season
The 1972 Chicago Bears season was their 53rd regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 4–9–1 record, another below .500 showing, in head coach Abe Gibron's first season. But they had good success on the QB Rushing. QB Bobby Douglass ran on 143 carries for 972 yards and 8 Touchdowns. This would be later broken by Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick who became the first and only Quarterback to run over 1,000 yards in the NFL. Only three other QBs ran for over 1,000 yards in one season, but they were all in the CFL.1973 Chicago Bears season
The 1973 Chicago Bears season was their 54th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 3–11 record, the second worst showing in franchise history.1974 Chicago Bears season
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Robert Allen Williams (January 2, 1930 – May 26, 2016) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL).David Jaynes
David Duane Jaynes (born December 12, 1952) is a former American football quarterback raised in Bonner Springs, Kansas. He was an All-American in 1973 for the University of Kansas.
During the early 1970s, Jaynes broke virtually every passing record in Kansas history. When he left Kansas, he was first in passing, with 5,132 yards. This record held for ten years until broken in 1983 by Frank Seurer. Jaynes also left Kansas with the record for career passing touchdowns at 35, which held up till 2009, when he was passed by Todd Reesing. Jaynes' most memorable game was in 1973 against SEC power Tennessee, when he completed 35 of 58 attempted passes for 394 yards in the 28-27 loss. In 1973 Kansas finished 7–4–1 and went to the Liberty Bowl. Jaynes finished fourth in the voting that year for the Heisman Trophy. Jaynes is, to date, the only Heisman Trophy finalist in Kansas football history. He's one of 3 players to receive votes, along with John Hadl and Bobby Douglass
Jaynes was drafted in the third round (66th overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs with whom he played two games that season, failing to complete either of his only two passing attempts, one of which was intercepted. He was also the first player selected in the inaugural World Football League by the Houston Texans, but never signed with them.In September 2001, he married Cary Grant's widow, Barbara Harris.Dick Flanagan
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Douglass is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Abel Douglass (before 1849 – c. 1907), American whaler
A. E. Douglass (1867–1962), American astronomer
Astyanax Douglass (1897–1975), Major League Baseball catcher for the Cincinnati Reds
Bill Douglass (1923–1994), American jazz drummer
Bobby Douglass (born 1947), former American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears
Charles Douglass (1910–2003), American sound engineer, credited as the inventor of the laugh track
Charles Redmond Douglass (1844-1920), American clerk and soldier
Dale Douglass (born 1936), American professional golfer
David Douglass (physicist), American physicist
David John Douglass, aka Dave or Danny the Red, Tyneside and Yorkshire political activist and writer
Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers (1878–1960), English tennis player
Frank Douglass (1875–1972), South African rugby union player
Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), American abolitionist and writer
Gregory Douglass (born 1980), American singer-songwriter
Gordon K. (Sandy) Douglass (1904–1992) racer, designer, and builder of sailing dinghies
Harry Douglass, Baron Douglass of Cleveland (1902–1978) was a British trade unionist.
Herbert E. Douglass (1927-2014), Seventh-day Adventist theologian
Jack Douglass, American internet personality, musician and comedian on YouTube
James W. Douglass, American author, activist, and Christian theologian
James Nicholas Douglass (1826–1898), English civil engineer, lighthouse builder and designer
Jimmy Douglass, American recording engineer and record producer
Joe Douglass,(born 1974) American football player for the Las Vegas Gladiators
John J. Douglass (1873–1939), member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts
John Thomas Douglass (1847–1886), American violinist, composer of "Virginia's Ball"
John Watkinson Douglass, (1827-1909), American politician
Brigadier General John W. Douglass (born 1941), former United States Air Force officer
Joseph Henry Douglas (1871–1935) African-American concert violinist
Kingman Douglass (1896–1971), American investment banker, member of the United States intelligence community
Klondike Douglass (1872–1953), American Major League Baseball player born in Boston
Lavantia Densmore Douglass (1827–1899), American social reformer
Leon Douglass (1869–1940), American inventor
Linda Douglass, director of communications for the White House Office of Health Reform in the Obama Administration
Lewis Henry Douglass (1840–1908), American typesetter and soldier
Mabel Smith Douglass
Mike Douglass (urban planner)
Mike Douglass (American football)
Ralph Waddell Douglass (1895—1971), commercial artist and university professor
Richard Douglass (1746–1828). Militia officer and a cooper.
Samuel T. Douglass (1814–1898), American justice
Sara Douglass, Australian author (pen name of Sara Warneke)
Stephen Douglass, American actor
Susan L. Douglass
William Boone Douglass (b1864), American lawyer, engineer, surveyor, genealogist and anthropologist.
William Douglass (engineer), Chief Engineer for the Commissioners of Irish Lights
William Douglass (physician), physician and pamphleteer in 18th century BostonJoey Sternaman
Joseph Theodore Sternaman (February 1, 1900 – March 10, 1988) was a professional American football player, born in Springfield, Illinois, who played quarterback for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and Duluth Kelleys. At 5'6" and 135 pounds he was called "the strongest little man I ever met" by sportswriter Grantland Rice. He played quarterback during the years Red Grange starred with the Bears. In 1926, he was the quarterback, head coach, and owner of the Chicago Bulls of the first American Football League. Joey was also the brother of Chicago Bears co-owner Dutch Sternaman.Kansas Jayhawks football
The Kansas Jayhawks football program is the intercollegiate football program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. The head coach is Les Miles who became the coach following the 2018 season.
The program's first season was 1890, making it one of the earlier football programs established in the United States. The team's home field is David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1921 and is the seventh-oldest college football stadium in the nation. Until 2014, Memorial Stadium was one of the few football stadiums in Division I that had a track encircling the field. KU's all-time record was 585–640–58 as of the conclusion of the 2018 season. The program saw a re-emergence under head coach Mark Mangino who won 50 games in eight seasons. After Magino's departure the program quickly declined winning only 15 games in the eight seasons after he left the program.
While Kansas has yet to have a Heisman Trophy winner, they have had one Heisman finalist and 2 other players receive votes. John Hadl, Bobby Douglass, and David Jaynes all received votes, Jaynes being the only finalist. Other notable former Kansas players include Pro Football Hall of Famers Gale Sayers, John Riggins, and Mike McCormack, as well as All-Americans Nolan Cromwell, Dana Stubblefield, Aqib Talib, and Anthony Collins. Kansas has appeared in twelve bowl games, including three trips to the Orange Bowl (1948, 1969, and 2008). Kansas played in the first NCAA-contracted nationally televised regular season college football game on September 20, 1952, against TCU.
Along with Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis, Kansas was a charter member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907, which evolved into the Big Eight Conference. The Big Eight was folded into the Big 12 in 1996, and Kansas is the only original member of the MVIAA that is still part of the Big 12.Kansas Jayhawks football statistical leaders
The Kansas Jayhawks football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Kansas Jayhawks football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Jayhawks represent the University of Kansas in the NCAA's Big 12 Conference.
Although Kansas began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1937. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.
These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:
Since 1937, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Jayhawks have played in four bowl games since then, allowing players in those seasons an extra game to accumulate statistics.
The Jayhawks eclipsed 5,000 total yards in a season four times, under head coach Mark Mangino, who served from 2002 to 2009, allowing players from this era to rack up yards and touchdowns and make their way up these lists. Subsequent head coaches Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, and David Beaty, however, have not produced the same high-octane offensive results.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.Larry Brown (tight end)
Larry Brown (born June 16, 1949) is a former American football player who played tight end and offensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Kansas, where he played on the 1968 Orange Bowl squad and was a teammate of future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back John Riggins and pro quarterback Bobby Douglass.
Brown played as a tight end from 1971–1976, and as a tackle from 1977-1984. During that time, he was one of 22 players to play in all of the first four of the Steelers Super Bowl victories (Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, and Super Bowl XIV).List of Chicago Bears starting quarterbacks
These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Bears.Noah Mullins
Noah Walker Mullins (May 23, 1918 – October 31, 1998) was an American football running back, quarterback and defensive back in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. He played college football for the Kentucky Wildcats.Rob Eiter
Rob Eiter (born September 12, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Olympic wrestler. He competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, where he wrestled in the 48 kilogram (105 pound) weight class. He wrestled for Sunkist Wrestling Club and attended Arizona State University, where he wrestled under Bobby Douglass. He became head wrestling coach of the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He is currently the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Maryland.Steve Bradley (American football)
Steven Carl Bradley (born July 16, 1963) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Bears. He played college football for the Indiana Hoosiers.