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Bob Taylor

Football ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

The quarterback is the focus of attention in football, but the player who begins each play is the center. Bob Taylor was a center/linebacker who parlayed his versatility and talents at the University of Pittsburgh. Bob was a starting linebacker for the Bridgers and a blocker for Frank Antonini. Bob was named Ambridge’s most valuable lineman as a senior, was also selected All Midwestern Athletic Conference, and received All Academic honors. Bob played three sports at Ambridge (track, basketball, and football) and received some 35 scholarship offers before deciding on the University of Pittsburgh, where he started as a versatile two way lineman for the Panthers frosh team. A knee injury suffered in camp caused him to miss the first half of the sophomore season, but when he recovered proved to be a valuable backup at both center and linebacker. Although projected to be a two way starter as a junior, a broken toe washed out that season, but he was injure free as a senior and came on strong as a center and long snapper. As a linebacker for the Panthers, he played alongside Marty Schottenheimer and Jim Flanigan, both of whom went on to play in the NFL. The San Diego Chargers offered him a contract but honors student Bob opted for graduate school, where he received his law degree and became a successful attorney.