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Robert Lee Thompson HOF
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/10/2013
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Robert Lee Thompson

Robert Lee Thompson HOF
     Outstanding running back, pass receiver and kick returner who established numerous all-time Arizona career, season and single game marks which still stand. Holds career records for rushing yards per attempt (7.6 for 195 attempts) and all-purpose running yards per game (140.5). Holds single season record for rushing yards per attempt (7.96 in 1961) and single game record for longest run from scrimmage of 88 yards vs. Texas-El Paso in 1960. Ranked ninth nationally in rushing in 1960 and 1961; seventh in scoring in 1961 when he returned two punts for touchdowns. Named to 1960 All-Border Conference first team, and played in three post-season all-star games: 1961 All-American Bowl (Tucson), 1962 All-American Game (Washington, D.C.) and 1962 U.S. Bowl. Key member of 1960 and 1961 Border Conference champion track & field teams, trying for second in high jump and placing fourth in high hurdles in 1960 and placing third in high jump and long jump in 1961. His best of 14.8 in high hurdles tied for second on the UA all-time list, while his high jump of 6-4 ranked in the school's all-time top ten of that period. Third-round draft choice of Detroit Lions, played in Canada for two years before joining Lions (1964-68) as a defensive back. Also played one year (1969) for New Orleans Saints as a kick return specialist. 
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