Bob McNamara (Canadian football)
|Date of birth||August 12, 1931|
|Place of birth||Hastings, Minnesota|
|Date of death||July 20, 2014(aged 82)|
|Place of death||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Position(s)||Running Back & Defensive Back|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|College||University of Minnesota|
|NFL draft||1953 / Round: 9 / Pick: 108|
|Drafted by||Cleveland Browns|
|1955–58||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|CFL West All-Star||1956|
A star with the collegiate Minnesota Gophers, their team MVP in 1954, McNamara was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Instead, he turned directly north and signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. However, the promise he showed was unfulfilled, as his career was beset with injury. In 1955 he rushed for only 51 yards. 1956 is when he showed his true form, rushing for 1101 yards, catching 36 passes for another 512 yards, scoring 17 touchdowns, and intercepting two passes. He was chosen as an all-star. Injuries returned and in 1957 he rushed for 90 yards with one TD on an interception return. In 1958 he did manage 236 rushing yards and 248 receiving yards, on 18 catches, but he had become a liability to the Bombers with his no cut contract, and he wasn't in the line up for the last half of the season and did not play in their Grey Cup victory. The Bombers then waived him out of the league, but he still holds an amazing CFL record: he scored 6 touchdowns at the BC Lions on October 13, 1956.
McNamara next played with the inaugural Denver Broncos of the new AFL. In two seasons as a receiver and cornerback he caught 7 passes for 143 yards and intercepted 7 passes. He later tried out with the Minnesota Vikings.
In his later years, Bob McNamara was a tireless booster for Minnesota Gophers sports and an instrumental supporter for the school's TCF Bank Stadium, which opened in 2009 and brought outdoor football back to campus. He died while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, on July 20, 2014.
- Associated Press. "Gophers All-American McNamara dies at 82". Fairmont Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
- Eskimo President Screams Robbery The Leader-Post, September 8, 1958
- Bombers Release McNamara The Calgary Herald, February 26, 1959
- CFL Regular Season All-Time Records
- McNamara Joins Minnesota Club Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, March 28, 1962