Bob Bercich

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Bob Bercich
No. 20
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-11-09) November 9, 1936 (age 80)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Summit (IL) Argo
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 15 / Pick: 179
AFL draft: 1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 0
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 18
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Robert Edward Bercich (born November 9, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys.[1] He played college football at Michigan State University.

Early years[edit]

Bercich attended Argo Community High School, before moving on to Michigan State University. As a sophomore, he was moved between halfback and fullback.[2] He became a starter at fullback as a junior and split time with Park Baker.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

New York Giants[edit]

The New York Giants selected Bercich in the fifteenth round (179th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft with a future draft pick, which allowed the team to draft him before his college eligibility was over. He was also drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second round of the 1960 AFL Draft. He signed with the Giants on December 8, 1959, but was released on September 5, 1960.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On September 8, 1960, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.[5] He became the first starter (6 starts) at strong safety in franchise history, while splitting time with Gary Wisener (3 starts) and Fred Doeling (3 starts).[6]

In 1961, he suffered a concussion during the seventh game against the New York Giants and did not play another game in the season.[7] The next year he missed time with injuries during pre-season and was released before the start of the 1962 season.[8]

Personal life[edit]

His son Pete Bercich played and coached in the NFL.

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