Bobby Watkins (running back)

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Bobby Watkins
Bobby Watkins - 1955 Bowman.jpg
Watkins on a 1955 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1932-03-30) March 30, 1932 (age 85)
Place of birth New Bedford, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s) Halfback
College Ohio State
NFL draft 1955 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23
Career history
As player
1955–1957 Chicago Bears
1958 Chicago Cardinals
Career stats

Robert Archbald Watkins Jr. (born March 30, 1932 in New Bedford, Massachusetts) is a former American football running back who played collegiately for the Ohio State Buckeyes and later in the National Football League.

Ohio State[edit]

Watkins was one of the first African American running backs at the Ohio State University. He lettered from 1952 through 1954 and was one of the first recruits of legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes. Hayes shrugged off criticism by some bigoted alumni, insisting he would not consider recruits based on skin color. Watkins was Ohio State's leading rusher in 1953 and leading scorer during the 1954 national championship season.


Watkins was the 23rd selection in the 1955 NFL Draft. He played three years with the Bears before ending his career with the crosstown Chicago Cardinals.

Professional life[edit]

Watkins formerly served as a vice president of Seagrams and Sons and is an expert on the American Civil War. He has been a guest speaker on many occasions including as the keynote speaker at the Plymouth Teaching American History Grant's culminating celebration.

Currently he is serving on the Board of Directors of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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