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Bob Fry
No. 75
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1930-11-11) November 11, 1930 (age 89)
Cincinnati
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio)
College:Kentucky
NFL Draft:1953 / Round: 3 / Pick: 36
Career history
As player:
* Los Angeles Rams ( 1953)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
* Atlanta Falcons ( 1967)
(Assistant offensive line coach)
  • Atlanta Falcons ( 1968)
    (Offensive line coach)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers ( 1969 1973)
    (Offensive line coach)
  • New York Jets ( 1974 1982)
    (Offensive line coach)
  • Atlanta Falcons ( 1983 1984)
    (Offensive line coach)
  • Career highlights and awards
    * 2× Third-team All-SEC (1951, 1952)
    Career NFL statistics
    Games played:126
    Games started:119
    Player stats at NFL.com
    Player stats at PFR

    Robert Moellering Fry (born November 11, 1930) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Kentucky and was drafted in the third round of the 1953 NFL Draft.

    Early yearsEdit

    Fry attended Elder High School before moving on to the University of Kentucky, where he would be coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant.

    He was a part of the freshman basketball team that included Cliff Hagan and Frank Ramsey.

    In 1950, he was named the starting offensive end as a sophomore and contributed to Kentucky's best season under Bryant,[1] finishing with an 11-1 record and a 13-7 upset in the Sugar Bowl over the eventual national champions the University of Oklahoma, also ending the Sooners' 31-game winning streak.

    As a senior, he was moved to the offensive tackle position and earned his second straight third-team All-SEC honors.

    Professional careerEdit

    Los Angeles RamsEdit

    Fry was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round (36th overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft.[2] He became a starter at left tackle as a rookie, before spending the next two years out of football while serving his military service.

    He returned in 1956 and maintained his starting role for four straight seasons, even though at the time he was one of the lightest offensive linemen in the NFL.

    Dallas CowboysEdit

    Fry was selected by the Dallas Cowboys after being left unprotected in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft,[3] becoming the first starting left tackle in franchise history.

    He was a starter on the left side of the line during the Cowboys first three seasons, until losing his spot to Tony Liscio in the middle of the 1963 season and being moved to the right tackle position in place of Ed Nutting.[4]

    In 1964, he only started 5 games at right tackle, after being passed on the depth chart by Ray Schoenke. On July 19, 1965, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a player to be named later.[5]

    Cleveland BrownsEdit

    Fry retired after being released by the Cleveland Browns on August 29, 1965.

    Coaching careerEdit

    In 1967, after being the Atlanta Falcons' chief talent scout, he was named the assistant offensive line coach and eventually was promoted to offensive line coach.[6]

    In 1969, he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as the offensive line coach.[7]

    In 1974, Fry began a nine-year stint as the New York Jets offensive line coach.[8] He resigned in 1983 after the unexpected firing of head coach Walt Michaels, becoming the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[9]

    ReferencesEdit

    1. "Parilli Passes Stun State In 48-21 Win". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19501112&id=le8-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=OU0MAAAAIBAJ&pg=6339,3512964. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    2. "Trio of Players Signed By Rams". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1338&dat=19530610&id=APNXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ePYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5720,3689571. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    3. "Dallas Gets Putnam, Five More Vets". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19600314&id=kP4jAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ihAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4628,2019352. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    4. "Cowboys Beef Up Defense". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1842&dat=19640905&id=kA4sAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oMgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3112,681423. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    5. "Grid Giant Rookies Impress". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1917&dat=19650720&id=xj1GAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zOgMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2578,3603895&hl=en. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    6. "Sports In Brief". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=888&dat=19670202&id=QsgNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bHQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4570,850567. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    7. "Steeler Coach Staff Completed". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19690218&id=jsYwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_WwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4100,2601782. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    8. "Fry Named Jet Coach For Offense". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1917&dat=19740118&id=4BNGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AegMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1679,680004. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
    9. "2 More Aides Leave Jets". https://www.nytimes.com/1983/02/16/sports/2-more-aides-leave-jets.html. Retrieved February 3, 2018.

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