Bob Berry (American football)

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Bob Berry
No. 17
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-03-10) March 10, 1942 (age 72)
Place of birth: San Jose, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 11 / Pick: 142
(By the Philadelphia Eagles)
AFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 26 / Pick: 201
(By the Denver Broncos)
Debuted in 1965 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 1976 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1976
TD-INT 64-64
Yards 9,197
QB Rating 77.2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert Chadwick "Bob" Berry (born March 10, 1942 in San Jose, California) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for twelve seasons. He was selected to one Pro Bowl in 1969 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Berry played in Super Bowls VIII, IX and XI as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the eleventh round of the 1964 NFL Draft and by the Denver Broncos in the twenty-sixth round of the 1964 AFL Draft, but never played for either team. He played college football at Oregon.

College career[edit]

Berry played college football at Oregon, where he was a three-year letter winner under coach Len Casanova. At Oregon, Berry teamed with future Pro Football Hall of Famers Mel Renfro and Dave Wilcox. Berry led the Ducks to three consecutive winning seasons and the 1963 Sun Bowl, at which Oregon beat Southern Methodist 21-14.

Berry was named a first-team All-American after his senior season, despite being edged out as All-Pacific-8 quarterback by Craig Morton of California. Berry's teammates named him the team's outstanding player at the end of his senior season in 1964. He played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. In 1985, Berry received the university's distinguished alumnus award.

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Vikings[edit]

After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the eleventh round of the 1964 NFL Draft and by the Denver Broncos in the twenty-sixth round of the 1964 AFL Draft, Berry signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 1965. He played with the Vikings for three seasons. In 1966, Berry started in his first game, a loss to the Atlanta Falcons on December 4, 1966.[1]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Berry played for the Atlanta Falcons for five seasons, from 1968 to 1972. He started in 51 games for the Falcons, throwing for 8,489 yards and 57 touchdowns, with a passer rating of 79.2.[2] He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1969.

Second stint with Vikings[edit]

Berry played for the Minnesota Vikings again for four seasons, from 1973 to 1976. He was the backup to Fran Tarkenton, and retired from football on July 28, 1977.[3]

Personal[edit]

Berry has a daughter, Jennifer (born 1972) and a son, Michael (born 1993) and two grandchildren. Berry resides in Gardnerville, Nevada.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boxscore finder: all games started at QB by Bob Berry in 1966". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Bob Berry". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Tarkenton's Backup Berry Retires". The Palm Beach Post. July 29, 1977. Retrieved 2010-06-11.