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Bob Bezuk

Coaching ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Some athletes are twice blessed, that is, with both great ability and good size. Others, like Bob Bezuk, go on to outstanding careers despite the shortcoming of size. Bob was a 5’-8” quarterback at Ambridge under Moe Rubenstein from 1944 to 1947. Bob's abilities were such that Rubenstein adapted the T formation to take advantage of his skills. Bob took to the offense immediately and became the staring quarterback by the end of his freshman year. By the time he graduated, he had been named All County three times, All WPIAL twice, and honorable mention All State once. Bob set Bridger career records with 15 touchdown runs and 35 TD passes and also set the single season scoring mark with 13 scoring passes. With 50 collegiate offers, Bob chose to go to Kentucky with his friend, Babe Parilli of Rochester, to play under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Parilli had come from a single wing offense, but Bryant had Bezuk teach him the intricacies of the T formation. Although both were close in ability, Bob suffered an injury and Parilli took control of the Wildcats offense and went on to become an All American. Bob then transferred to the College of the Pacific, where he was able to play under another legend, Amos Alonzo Stagg. Bob had to sit out a season but had a spectacular spring, once throwing nine touchdown passes in a scrimmage. But that summer his career took another course when he was drafted into the Army. He played a year in the military and quarterbacked his team to third in the Army championship. After his discharge, Bob returned to college and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956. He retired after 38 years of teaching and with 18 years of football coaching experience at Freedom, Monaca, and Ambridge High Schools.