Bobby Clatterbuck
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Clatterbuck on a 1955 Bowman football card
No. 12, 19
Personal information
Born:(1932-07-03)July 3, 1932
Columbia, Missouri
Died:November 7, 2004(2004-11-07) (aged 72)
Hurricane, Utah
Career information
College:Houston, Angelo State
NFL Draft:1954 / Round: 27 / Pick: 316
Career history
* New York Giants ( 1954 1957)
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:66.7
Player stats at

Robert Dean Clatterbuck (July 3, 1932 – November 7, 2004) was a National Football League and American Football League quarterback. He played for the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Amateur career Edit

Clatterbuck attended San Angelo High School. He went on to play for the local San Angelo College. In 1950, his one year there, Clatterbuck led the Rams to a conference championship[2] and a victory in the Oleander Bowl.[3] Afterwards, he played college football for Houston[4] for 3 years. He held most of the passing records when he left.[2] He was a member of the school's first bowl appearance, winning the 1952 Salad Bowl. While at Houston, Clatterbuck also played baseball as a pitcher, and participated in the 1953 College World Series for the Cougars.[5] In 2014, he was posthumously inducted into his high school athletic hall of fame.[2]

Professional career Edit

After college, Clatterbuck was drafted into the NFL by the New York Giants. He beat out two All-Americans for the job to back up All-Pro quarterback Charlie Conerly.[6] He rarely saw playing time, starting just 2 games in 4 seasons with the team. He was a member of the 1956 championship team. In 1960, Clatterbuck joined the AFL, playing for the Chargers in their inaugural season. He started two games in relief of starter Jack Kemp.

Clatterbuck wore contact lenses while he played. During a game early in his career, the backup was required to enter game, where he realized he had forgotten his contacts and played out the half "throwing blind".[6]


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