Bo Roberson

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Bo Roberson
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome Long jump
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Long jump
Bo Roberson
Born July 23, 1935
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died April 19, 2001(2001-04-19) (aged 65)
Pasadena, California
Position(s) Wide receiver
College Cornell
Jersey #(s) 40
Career highlights
AFL All-Star 1965
Honors American Football League Champion, 1965
AFL San Diego Chargers
AFL Oakland Raiders
AFL Buffalo Bills
AFL Miami Dolphins

Irvin ("Bo") Roberson (July 23, 1935 – April 15, 2001) was an American track and field athlete and American collegiate and Professional Football player. At Cornell University he excelled in basketball, football and track and field. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy he won the silver medal in the long jump, a centimeter short of the Olympic record 8.12 m gold medal jump by Ralph Boston.

After the Olympics, Roberson had a seven-year Pro Football career as a wide receiver in the American Football League with the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins. He caught three passes for eighty-eight yards in the Bills' 23-0 defeat of the Chargers in the 1965 American Football League Championship Game.

Bo Roberson is the only person to have an Ivy League degree, a Ph.D., an Olympic medal and a career in the N.F.L.[1]

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  1. ^ Hoover, Brett,"The Bo You Didn't Know" at the Wayback Machine (archived June 15, 2006), 2006, Retrieved2013-12-07