Bob Fry

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Bob Fry
No. 75
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-11-11) November 11, 1930 (age 84)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Elder (OH)
College: Kentucky
NFL draft: 1953 / Round: 3 / Pick: 36
Career history
As player:
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Third-team All-SEC (1951, 1952)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 126
Games started: 119
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert Moellerig Fry (born November 11, 1930 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Kentucky and was drafted in the third round of the 1953 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Fry attended Elder High School before moving on to the University of Kentucky, where he would be coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant.

He was a part of the freshman basketball team that included Cliff Hagan and Frank Ramsey.

In 1950, he was named the starting offensive end as a sophomore and contributed to Kentucky's best season under Bryant,[1] finishing with an 11-1 record and a 13-7 upset in the Sugar Bowl over the eventual national champions the University of Oklahoma, also ending the Sooners' 31-game winning streak.

As a senior he was moved to the offensive tackle position and earned his second straight third-team All-SEC honors.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Fry was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round (36th overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft.[2] He became a starter at left tackle as a rookie, before spending the next two years out of football while serving his military service.

He returned in 1956 and and maintained his starting role for four straight seasons, even though at the time he was one of the lightest offensive linemen in the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys after being left unprotected in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft,[3] becoming the first starting left tackle in franchise history.

Fry was a starter on the left side of the line during the Cowboys first three seasons, until losing his spot to Tony Liscio in the middle of the 1963 season and being moved to the right tackle position.[4] On July 19, 1965, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a player to be named later.[5]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

He was released on August 29, 1965. He retired after playing in 126 games.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1967, after being the Atlanta Falcons' chief talent scout, he was named the assistant offensive line coach and eventually was promoted to offensive line coach.[6]

In 1969, he joined the Pittsburg Steelers as the offensive line coach.[7]

In 1974, Fry began a nine-year stint as the New York Jets offensive line coach.[8] He resigned in 1983 after the unexpected firing of head coach Walt Michaels, becoming the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[9]

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