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Alf Cobb
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Cobb from 1919 Syracuse yearbook
Guard / Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1892-06-07)June 7, 1892
Place of birth: Athol, Massachusetts
Date of death: September 2, 1974(1974-09-02) (aged 82)
Place of death: West Hartford, Connecticut
Career information
College: Syracuse
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Akron Pros (1920–1921)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1917)
Games played     21
Games started     16
Stats at

Alfred Russell Cobb (June 7, 1892 – September 12, 1974) was an American college and professional football player. Cobb played college football for Syracuse University, and later played professionally in the National Football League (NFL).

Cobb attended Syracuse University, where he played for the Syracuse Orange football team. In 1917 he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American at the tackle position, having received first-team honors from International News Service (INS), News Enterprise Association (NEA), and Collier's Weekly (as selected by Walter Camp).[1]

Cobb played in the early days of the NFL, when it was still known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA), including for the Akron Pros and the Cleveland Bulldogs. As a member of the 1920 Akron Pros, Cobb was a member of the very first NFL Championship team.[2][3]

Over three APFA/NFL seasons, Cobb played in 21 games as a lineman, starting 16 of them.


  1. 2014 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners , National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 4 & 14 (2014). Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  2. "Alf Cobb". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. Carroll, Bob (1982). "Akron Pros 1920". Coffin Corner 4 (12): 1–4. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02.