Bob Waterfield

Football Player and Coach
Born Jul 26, 1920

Robert Stanton "Bob" Waterfield was an American football player, a hall of fame quarterback in the National Football League.

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1920 Birth Born on July 26, 1920.


1942 21 Years Old He led the Bruins to the Pacific Coast Conference football championship in 1942 and a berth in the 1943 Rose Bowl against the University of Georgia. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Waterfield entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and while in the service he was selected with the 42nd overall pick of the 1944 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Rams.
1944 23 Years Old He was discharged from the military due to a knee injury and returned to college and played for UCLA in 1944.
1945 24 Years Old His rookie year in professional football was in 1945 and he started immediately. … Read More
1946 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was the league's Rookie of the Year in 1946 and a two-time World champion in 1945 and 1951 as the quarterback, kicker, and punter of the Rams. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old He would later split time at quarterback with Norm Van Brocklin, who joined the team as a rookie in 1949. Behind this duo, Los Angeles played in three straight title games, 1949-1951. Runners-up in the first two, the Rams regained the league title in the 1951 championship game with a 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns. It was the Rams' only league title during their first 49 seasons in southern California (1946–94). In a 1948 regular season game, the Rams were behind the champion-to-be Philadelphia Eagles 28-0. … Read More
1950 29 Years Old In the 1950 divisional playoffs, he was unable to practice due to a severe flu he had endured. … Read More


1960 39 Years Old After several years in the film industry, Waterfield was hired as the Rams' head coach in 1960.


1962 41 Years Old After two seasons with four wins each, the third season in 1962 was even less successful and he resigned after the eighth game with just one win; his overall record was 9-24-1 (.289). … Read More
1968 47 Years Old Russell divorced Waterfield in 1968.
1970 49 Years Old He married Janet Ann Green in 1970.


1983 63 Years Old After an extended illness, Waterfield died of respiratory failure on March 25, 1983, at the age of 62, five weeks before his teammate Van Brocklin. … Read More
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