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Bob Bercich
No. 20     
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-11-09) November 9, 1936 (age 83)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 15 / Pick: 179
AFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 2
Pick: First Selections
(by the Los Angeles Chargers) / Pick: {{{afldraftpick}}}
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 1960)*
Career highlights and awards
Games played     18
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert Edward Bercich (born November 9, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Michigan State University.

Early yearsEdit

Bercich attended Argo Community High School, before moving on to Michigan State University. As a sophomore, he was moved between halfback and fullback. He became a starter at fullback as a junior and split time with Park Baker.[1][2]

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

The New York Giants selected Bercich in the fifteenth round (179th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft with a future draft pick, which allowed the team to draft him before his college eligibility was over. He was also drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second round of the 1960 AFL Draft. He was released on September 5, 1960.

Dallas CowboysEdit

On September 8, 1960, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys. He became the first starter (6 starts) at strong safety in franchise history, while splitting time with Gary Wisener (3 starts) and Fred Doelling (3 starts).[3] He finished with 46 tackles (19 solo), 2 interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

In 1961, he suffered a concussion during the seventh game against the New York Giants and did not play another contest in the season. The next year, he missed the pre-season with a knee injury and was released before the start of the 1962 season.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

His son Pete Bercich played and coached in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings.

ReferencesEdit

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