Bobby Jack Oliver

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Bobby Jack Oliver
Date of birth (1936-01-09)January 9, 1936
Place of birth Abilene, Texas
Date of death December 15, 2012(2012-12-15) (aged 76)
Place of death Dallas, Texas
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status International
Position(s) DT
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 265 lb (120 kg)
College Baylor
NFL draft 1958 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21
Drafted by Chicago Cardinals
Career history
As player
19581960 Toronto Argonauts
19611963 Montreal Alouettes
1964 Edmonton Eskimos
1964 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
CFL East All-Star 1961, 1962
Awards 1961 - Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy

Bobby Jack Oliver (January 9, 1936 - December 15, 2012) was an American award-winning Canadian Football League defensive tackle.[1]

Graduating from Baylor University, Oliver was a second round pick of the Chicago Cardinals in the 1958 NFL Draft. He chose to play in the CFL, starting a 3-year stint with the Toronto Argonauts in 1958. He intercepted 2 passes for the Double Blue and in 1961 was traded to the Montreal Alouettes, along with Paul Fedor and linebacker Ron Brewer, for defensive end Doug McNichol and tackle Billy Shipp.[2]

Oliver enjoyed his greatest success as a Lark, being named an all-star in 1961 and 1962, and winning the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the CFL East MVP.[3] He added kicking to his repertoire, scoring 103 points and punting 22 times.

In 1964, he was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he played 2 games; his contract was promptly sold to the Edmonton Eskimos, where he finished the season and his career.

Oliver married Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Trentham on June 4, 1954; settled in Texas, they have two grown children and one deceased.[4]


  1. ^ "Bobby Jack Oliver Sr. Obituary: View Bobby Oliver's Obituary by Dallas Morning News". Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Bobby Jack Oliver". Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Eastern Grid Honours Grabbed by Alouettes". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. 1961-11-04. Retrieved 2016-04-13 – via Google News. 
  4. ^ "Bobby Jack Oliver b. Nov 1936 Abilene, Texas". Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest. Retrieved 2016-04-13.