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Richard "Skip" Doyle

Football ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Today’s young football players have a hard time understanding the versatility of players like Skip Doyle, who starred as halfback at Rochester High School and Ohio State from 1945 to 1952. He teamed with Vito (Babe) Parilli to make the Rochester Rams formidable opponents from 1945 to 1947 and was named All County twice and All WPIAL as a senior. During his senior year, Skip scored 98 points to lead Beaver County. His most memorable game was against Aliquippa, when he scored four touchdowns, including a 96 yard reception return. During his sophomore year at Ohio State, the Buckeyes won the 1949 Western Conference (predecessor of the Big Ten) title. That gave Skip a chance to play in the Rose Bowl, where his luck ran out as he suffered a broken ankle. One of his most memorable college games was the 1950 opener against the strong Southern Methodist team led by Kyle Rote. Although SMU won the 32-27 thriller on a last second pass, Skip had a great day, averaging four yards per carry and completing 12 of 14 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. When Woody Hayes took over as Ohio State coach in 1952, Skip was switched to defensive back and linebacker and made the All Big Ten team that year. After military service from 1953 to 1955, Skip joined the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a starting defensive back for two seasons before he then hung up his spikes. Skip came out of retirement in 1960 to play with the Boston Patriots of the American Football League, then was traded to the Denver Broncos in 1961 but retired. Later he served as an assistant coach at Bishop Waterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, which won the 1966 Ohio AAA state title. After his retirement from sports, Skip owned an advertising company in Columbus.