Robert Hoernschemeyer

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Robert Hoernschemeyer
Bob Hoernschemeyer - 1952 Bowman Large.jpg
Hoernschemeyer on a 1952 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1925-09-25)September 25, 1925
Place of birth Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of death June 18, 1980(1980-06-18)
Place of death Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College United States Naval Academy, Indiana University
NFL draft 1947 / Round: 9/ Pick 94
Career history
As player
1946-1947 Chicago Rockets
1947-1948 Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC)
1949 Chicago Hornets
1950-1955 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 2
Career stats

Robert James "Bob" "Hunchy" Hoernschemeyer (September 25, 1925 – June 18, 1980) was an American football running back for the Chicago Rockets (1946–47), Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC) (1947–1948), Chicago Hornets (1949), Detroit Lions (1950–1955). He attended United States Naval Academy and Indiana University.

Early life[edit]

Hoernschemeyer was the son of William A. J. Hoernschemeyer and Emma M. Byrnes (Delaney) Hoernschemeyer. He enrolled in Elder High School, setting many school records, becoming football team captain for the 1942 season and graduating in 1943.


Hoernschemeyer entered the U.S. Naval Academy and played quarterback in the 1945 season.

Professional career[edit]

Following his short time in the military, Hoernschemeyer played for the Chicago Rockets/Hornets and Brooklyn Dodgers in the AAFC. When the AAFC folded in 1950, he was obtained by the NFL's Detroit Lions. Hoernschemeyer led the Lions in rushing for four consecutive seasons, 1950 through 1953. He was selected to two Pro Bowls in a six-year career with Lions.