For those of a similar name, see Robert Douglas (disambiguation).
Bobby Douglass
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-06-22) June 22, 1947 (age 73)
Place of birth: Manhattan, Kansas
Career information
College: Kansas
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Chicago Bears (19691975)
Career highlights and awards
TDINT     36–64
Passing yards     6,493
Passer rating     48.5
Rushing yards     2,654
Rushing touchdowns     22
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Robert Gilchrist Douglass (born June 22, 1947) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) who played most of his career with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft. During his career, he also played for the San Diego Chargers, the New Orleans Saints, the Oakland Raiders, and Green Bay Packers. Douglass retired after the 1979 season, after playing 11 seasons in the NFL.

Douglass was raised in El Dorado, Kansas, where his father was a football coach[1] and attended the University of Kansas. Douglass was a two-time All-Big Eight Conference (1967–68) selection and an All-American in 1968. During his senior season, Douglass directed the Jayhawks to a 9–2 record, a share of the Big Eight Conference title and a spot in the 1969 Orange Bowl. He passed for 1,316 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final year as a Jayhawk and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that season.[2]

In 1972, playing for the Chicago Bears, Douglass set the record for most rushing yards by a QB in one season. The record stood for 34 years. In a 14-game 1972 season, he ran for 968 yards and 8 touchdowns on 141 carries. Four QBs (three in the CFL, one in the NFL) have since run for over 1,000 yards. With Douglass starting, the Chicago Bears had only a 13–31–1 record.[3]

In a November 4, 1973, game against the Green Bay Packers, Douglass ran for four touchdowns in a 31-17 win. He and Billy Kilmer are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to rush for four touchdowns in a single game.

In five seasons from 1971–1975, Douglass played in 47 games and amassed 2,040 rushing yards. During that span, he averaged 43.4 rushing yards per game played—the third highest rushing yards per game average over a five-season span for a QB. (Michael Vick ranks first with 54.1 yds/g over a five-season span from 2002-2006).

However, Douglass had little success as a passer, going 507-for-1178 for 36 touchdowns and 64 interceptions with a quarterback passer rating of only 48.5 during his 11-season NFL career.

After his NFL career was over, Douglass briefly played minor league baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization. In 1980, he pitched four games for the Iowa Oaks where he had 7 innings pitched, issued 13 walks and failed to record a strikeout.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Douglass was married to former Playboy model Carol O'Neal.

Douglass was arrested on charges of trespassing on April 13, 2011.[5]


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