American Football Database
Duke Osborn
Date of birth: (1897-02-01)February 1, 1897
Place of birth: Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of death: November 2, 1976(1976-11-02) (aged 79)
Career information
Position(s): Guard/Center
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x NFL Champion (1922, 1923, 1924)
  • Pottsville Maroons disputed championship team (1925)
  • 1st Team All-Pro (1922)
  • 2x Canton Daily News: 1st team all-NFL (1922, 1923)
  • GB Press-Gazette: 2nd team all-NFL (1925)

Robert Duke Osborn (February 1, 1897 – November 2, 1976) was an American football player. After high school, Osborn attended Penn State University. Osborn made his professional debut in the National Football League in 1921 with the Canton Bulldogs. He would go to help the Bulldogs win back-to-back NFL Championships in 1922 and 1923. During the course of his career, Osborn also played for the Cleveland Bulldogs and Pottsville Maroons. He spent a total of 8 years in the NFL. Osborne also became part owner of the Maroons in 1928, when team's owner, Dr. John G. Streigel, "loaned" the team to three players Wilbur "Pete" Henry, Herb Stein and Osborn. However, after the season Streigel, who probably still had majority ownership, sold the team to a New England-based partnership that included Maroons' standout George Kenneally.[1]

After his career in football Osborn became a general superintendent for Oldsmobile’s assembly division.[2]