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Bob Asher (American football)

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Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-06-13) June 13, 1948 (age 67)
Place of birth: Arlington, Virginia
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Career information
High school: Bishop O'Connell
College: Vanderbilt University
NFL draft: 1970 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27
Career history
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Robert Dabney "Bob" Asher is a former professional American football player who played offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. He played college football for Vanderbilt University.

Early years

Asher attended Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School where he practiced basketball until his junior year, when he started playing football.

At Vanderbilt University he started in every game during his three years of eligibility. As a junior he was named All-South and second team All-SEC. As a senior he received first team All-SEC and Consensus All-American honors. He also played in the Chicago College All-Star Game, the North-South Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the Canadian American Bowl.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

During the 1970 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys traded cornerback Phil Clark and running back Craig Baynham to the Chicago Bears, in exchange for a second round draft choice, that the team used to select Asher.[1]

He injured his knee as a rookie and played in only 6 games. Doctors thought he could avoid surgery on the knee, but had to eventually perform the procedure in 1971, which would cost him a chance to start and play in Super Bowl VI. The team placed him on the injured reserve list and replaced him by signing future hall of famer Forrest Gregg.[2]

In 1972 he was traded to the Chicago Bears along with defensive tackle Bill Line and a second round draft choice, in exchange for quarterback Jack Concannon.[3]

Chicago Bears

Asher became the starter at right tackle and played 4 seasons with the Chicago Bears, before retiring in 1976.[4]


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