Archie Roberts (American football)

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Archie Roberts
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Personal information
Born: (1942-11-04) November 4, 1942 (age 78)
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Holyoke
(Holyoke, Massachusetts)
AFL draft:1965 / Round: 7 / Pick: 51
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:10
Pass completions:5
Completion percentage:50%
Passer rating:16.7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Arthur James Roberts, Jr.[1] (born November 4, 1942)[2] is a retired cardiac surgeon and former collegiate and professional football player. First attracting the attention of recruiters, in his youth he was quarterback for an undefeated Holyoke High School football team and described by Sports Illustrated as the most widely courted high school football player in New England at that time.[3] He went on to play at Columbia University.[4] He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1965 American Football League (AFL) draft by the New York Jets. In 1967, he was traded to the AFL Miami Dolphins,[5] playing only one game with the team, in the final minutes of a 41–0 loss.[6]

Roberts subsequently became a cardiac surgeon after graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.[7][8] He performed over 4,000 open-heart operations before retiring.[8] He founded the New Jersey-based[1] Living Heart Foundation in 2001.[8][1]

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  1. ^ a b c "About LHF". Living Heart Foundation. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Archie Roberts". Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "Look Out, Mister Roberts; For Columbia, Archie Roberts Runs, Passes, Kicks, Tackles and Gets a Bloody Nose Every Saturday". Sports Illustrated. November 9, 1964. p. 44.
  4. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald (October 10, 1963). "Yale's Antidote for Columbia Is the 'Archie Roberts Defense'". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Roberts Traded To Miami Team". Hartford Courant. September 27, 1967.
  6. ^ Schonbrun, Zach (November 1, 2015). "It May Be Just Academic, but Fitzpatrick Is Near a Hall of Famer's Record". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Valenti, John (January 10, 1990). "Heart Of A Lion Ex-Columbia quarterback and shortstop Archie Roberts is a distinguished cardiac surgeon who rarely dwells on his glorious athletic past". Newsday.
  8. ^ a b c Livingston, Bill (January 5, 2013). "Archie Roberts did not make much of a mark with the Cleveland Browns, but made an indelible mark on the NFL". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 8, 2015.

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