Bob Peck (American football)

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Bob Peck
Peck with head coach "Pop" Warner during the 1916 season. That year, Pitt outscored its opponents 255–25 along the way to an 8–0 record and a consensus National Championship.
Born: (1891-05-30)May 30, 1891
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 14, 1932(1932-06-14) (aged 41)
Culver, Indiana, United States
Career information
Position(s) Center
College Pittsburgh
Career history
As player
1917 Youngstown Patricians
1917 Massillon Tigers
1920 Fort Wayne Friars
As athletic director
1917–1932 Culver Military Academy
Career highlights and awards

Bob Peck (May 30, 1891 – June 14, 1932) was an American football player who most famously played center for the Pittsburgh Panthers, where he was a three-time All-American.



Peck was a prominent center for "Pop" Warner's Pitt Panthers. He was selected as a first-team All-American in each of 1914, 1915, and 1916.[1] Peck also won back-to-back national championships in 1915 and 1916.[2] He dropped out of college during the spring of 1916 due to the death of his father, but he was able to academically qualify for the 1916 season – during which Peck served as team captain – by attending class throughout the summer.[3]

Pro ball[edit]

In 1917 he played in the Ohio League, the direct predecessor to the modern National Football League for the Youngstown Patricians and the Massillon Tigers. That season, he earned first team all-pro honors.[4] In 1920, Peck played for the Fort Wayne Friars in the team's victory over the Columbus Panhandles.[5]

Culver Academy[edit]

Following his time at Pitt, he served as the Athletic director at Culver Military Academy until his unexpected death attributed to heart disease in 1932.[6][7] He was posthumously elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.[6]


  1. ^ Borghetti, E.J.; Nestor, Mendy; Welsh, Celeste, eds. (2008). 2008 Pitt Football Media Guide (PDF). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: University of Pittsburgh. p. 8. 
  2. ^ "Past Division I-A Football National Champions". Archived from the original on 2007-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Peck to Lead Panthers" (PDF). The New York Times. September 1, 1916. p. 9. Retrieved December 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ PFRA Research. "Canton Wins Again 1917" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ Klosinski, Emil (1992). "Inflation of 1920; A Tale of Two Cities" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 14 (3): 1–6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Bob Peck". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search".