Robert Alexander (American football)

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Robert Alexander
Date of birth (1958-04-21) April 21, 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth South Charleston, West Virginia
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College West Virginia
NFL draft 1981 / Round: 10 / Pick 269
Career history
As player
1982–1983 Los Angeles Rams

Robert Alan Alexander (born April 21, 1958) is a former American football running back who played collegiately for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Collegiate career[edit]

Alexander's career began at South Charleston High School, where he was the high school football national player of the year his senior season as picked by Parade Magazine. He then attended West Virginia over USC, Penn State, Ohio State and Maryland. On his freshman campaign, Alexander shared backup time with Walter Easley, behind starting back Dave Riley. Alexander rushed for 426 yards and a touchdown his freshman year.

Alexander shared starting time his sophomore year with Dane Conwell, a freshman, in 1978. Alexander, although sharing carries, rushed for 310 yards, third on the team.

In 1979, Alexander's junior season, he finally became the full starter of the Mountaineers' squad. Alexander rushed for 656 yards and two scores that season, which was the best of his career.

Alexander's best season came in 1980, his final year. Alexander rushed for a career-high and team-high 1,064 yards along with 5 touchdowns that season, which undoubtedly the best rushing performance of a Mountaineer back in seasons.

Alexander is currently ranked 7th on the Mountaineers' all-time rushing yardage list with a career total of 2,456 yards rushing.

Professional career[edit]

Alexander was drafted in the tenth round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and played for them for two seasons.