Bob Perryman
Perryman in 2015
No. 33, 34, 37     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-10-16) October 16, 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth: Raleigh, North Carolina
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New England Patriots (19871990)
Career highlights and awards
Rushing yards     1,338
Receiving yards     616
Touchdowns     9
Stats at

Robert Lewis "Bob" Perryman, Jr. (born October 16, 1964) is a former American football player. He played college football as a fullback for the University of Michigan from 1983 to 1986. He played professional football, principally as a fullback, in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons for the New England Patriots (1987-1990) and the Denver Broncos (1991-1992). He gained 1,247 rushing yards at Michigan and 1,338 rushing yards in the NFL.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Perryman was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1964. He played high school football at Bourne High School in Bourne, Massachusetts.[1]

University of Michigan[edit | edit source]

Perryman enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1982 and played college football at the fullback position for head coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1983 to 1986.[2] He scored three touchdowns in the 1984 season opener against the #1 ranked Miami Hurricanes.[3] He also rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns against Hawaii in the final game of the 1986 season.[4] In four years at Michigan, Perryman totaled 1,247 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 274 carries. He also caught 20 passes for 199 yards and one receiving touchdown.[5]

Professional football[edit | edit source]

Perryman was selected by the New England Patriots in the third round (79th overall pick) of the 1987 NFL Draft.[1] He played four years for the Patriots from 1987 to 1990, appearing in 49 games, including 38 games as a starter. He gained 1,294 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns on 369 carries (3.5 yards per carry) for the Patriots. He also caught 64 passes for 430 yards while playing for the Patriots.[1] Perryman, along with Patriots teammates Zeke Mowatt and Michael Timpson, were fined by the NFL for alleged sexual harassment stemming from a locker room interview involving Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson in September 1990.[6]

After being released by the Patriots, Perryman signed with the Dallas Cowboys during the 1990 season but did not appear in any games.[7] Perryman concluded his NFL career with the Denver Broncos during the 1991 and 1992 NFL seasons. He appeared in 19 games for the Broncos (eight as a starter) and gained 44 yards on 24 carries.[1]

Later years[edit | edit source]

After retiring from football, Perryman lived in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children, Krista and Robert. He became an assistant coach for the Boston Militia in the Independent Women's Football League.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Bob Perryman". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  2. "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. "Error-plagued Miami falls to Michigan". Gainesville Sun: p. 4F. September 9, 1984.,2567364&hl=en.
  4. "Michigan runs past Rainbows". Eugene Register-Guard: p. 4B. December 7, 1986.,1611295&hl=en.
  5. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved April 1, 2015.(to retrieve career statistics, enter "perryman" in the box for the player's last name)
  6. Patriots and 3 Players Fined in Olson Incident, The New York Times, November 28, 1990
  7. "Bob Perryman". National Football League. Retrieved April 1, 2015.


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