Bob Nash (American football)

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Bob Nash (Robert Arthur Nash)
Date of birth: (1892-12-16)December 16, 1892
Place of birth: County Meath, Ireland
Date of death: February 1, 1977(1977-02-01) (aged 84)
Place of death: Winchester, Connecticut, United States
Career information
Position(s): End, Tackle
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
College: Rutgers, Cornell
High school: Bernards High School (NJ)
Organizations
As coach:
1917, 1919 Massillon Tigers
As player:
1917,1919
1920
1921-1923
1924
1925
Massillon Tigers
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Rochester Jeffersons
New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
  • All-American (1914)
  • Head coaching record: 11-6-1
  • Part of the first NFL player trade (1920)
  • NFL Champions (1920)
  • Third-Team All-Pro (1920)
  • 1st Captain - New York Giants (1925)
  • Rutgers Hall of Fame (1988)
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

Robert Arthur "Nasty" Nash (December 16, 1892 – February 1, 1977) was a professional football player who played in the American Professional Football Association (renamed the National Football League in 1922) for the Akron Pros, Buffalo All-Americans, Rochester Jeffersons and the New York Giants. Prior to joining the AFPA, Nash played professionally in the "Ohio League" for the Massillon Tigers. He was considered by sports historians as one of the greatest tackles of his era.

On Sunday, October 10, 1920, Nash is credited with the first fumble recovery for a touchdown in a game featuring two league teams.[1]

On Sunday, October 24, 1920, Nash picked up a blocked punt in the first quarter and ran eight yards for the only score of the day as the Pros defeated the Cleveland Tigers, 7–0.

On Sunday, October 31, 1920, according to Ike Roy Martin; on a punt return Jim Thorpe had instructed Martin to let Nash get by him. Thorpe had wanted to run into Nash, which he did. The collision resulted in them both being knocked out and they were carried off the field.[2]

Nash was also a part of the first APFA player deal, in 1920, when Akron sold Nash to Buffalo for $300 and five percent of the gate receipts during a game between the two clubs. However, since Nash was a part of the Akron Pros during their championship season, he is credited as belonging on their championship team. Nash was also the very first captain of the New York Giants.

Prior to playing professional football, Nash played college football at Cornell University and at Rutgers, where he received All-American honors in 1914. He was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame in 1988.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Braunwart, Bob; Carroll, Bob (1981). "The First NFL Game(s)". The Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 3 (2). Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Willis, Chris; Horrigan, Joe (2005). Old Leather (1st ed.). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-8108-5660-8. 

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