Bobby Keyes
No. 35     Edmonton Eskimos
Date of birth: (1982-11-14) November 14, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth: Raleigh, Mississippi
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Import
Position(s): DB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
College: UAB
NFL Draft: 2005 / Undrafted
 As player:
Washington Redskins*
Birmingham Steeldogs
Dallas Desperados
Edmonton Eskimos
*Offseason or practice squad only
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Af2 First Team
  • all-rookie team (AFL)
  • rookie of the year (AFL)
Playing stats at

Bobby Keyes (born November 14, 1982, in Raleigh, Mississippi) is a professional American, Canadian defensive back for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He played college football for the UAB Blazers where he was twice most valuable defensive back as well as first team All Conference.

College careerEdit

He played football for Jones County Junior College before attending University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Professional careerEdit

Keyes was originally signed as a rookie undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League in the 2005 NFL season but was released at the end of training camp.[1]

He signed with the Birmingham Steeldogs of the Af2 arena football league in 2006 and led the team with 66 tackles, 17 pass knockdowns, and 8 interceptions. He was named to the All-Af2 First Team. He then went on to the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League, where he played from 2007 to 2008. In 2007, he had 39.5 defensive tackles, 9.5 special teams tackles. He led all AFL rookies and set a Dallas Desperados rookie club record with 6 interceptions, and a team record by recording 5 interceptions in 5 consecutive games, despite being nearly half the season on the injured reserve list. His accomplishments got him named to the AFL All-Rookie Team. In 2008, he had 9 defensive tackles before being placed on the injured reserve list on May 21.[1][2][3][4]

On May 29, 2009, Keyes signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. On August 29, 2009, he recorded his first CFL interception and returned it 67 yards.[1] It was also notable as the first, long-awaited interception of the 2009 Edmonton Eskimos season, for which he won the first interception pool into which players had paid $20 each week and had finally amounted to over $1000 by week 9.[5]


When not playing football, Keyes makes his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Zakia and his two young sons and now have a baby on the way.[6][7]


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