Bob Babich
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Personal information
Born:(1947-05-05)May 5, 1947
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Died:April 4, 2022(2022-04-04) (aged 74)
California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College:Miami (OH)
NFL draft:1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Game played:125
Player stats at · PFR

Robert Babich (May 5, 1947 – April 4, 2022)[1] was an American professional football player who was a linebacker for nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the San Diego Chargers and the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.[2]

Early life

Babich was born May 5, 1947, the son of Frank Babich, Jr. and mother, Mary (Lisko) Babich.[3] He played high school football for Campbell Memorial High School in Campbell, Ohio, where he also excelled in baseball.[4]

College career

Babich decided to play for coach Bo Schembechler at Miami (Ohio). He was a first-team All-America linebacker for Miami University, known then as the Redskins. He graduated in 1969. He was voted the "Most Valuable Player" award twice by his teammates and selected as Miami's "Athlete of the Year" for the 1968-69 academic year. A two-time unanimous all-Mid-American Conference linebacker, he was also voted the "Defensive Player of the Year" in the MAC as he captained the 1968 team. Babich was selected First-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News and Time magazine. He played in the American, North-South and Senior bowls.[5]

NFL career

He was a first-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in the 1969 NFL Draft, the 18th selection overall and the second linebacker taken.[6]

In three seasons for the Chargers, he saw action in all 42 regular-season games. On September 6, 1973, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round draft choice in 1974 and a second-round pick in 1975.[7] He played six seasons for the Browns, missing only three games (in 1975) during those seasons. It was that season in which he started every game he played—the only games he started in his career.[8]

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education.[9]

Babich was inducted into the Miami University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1975.[5] His 1994 election to the College Football Hall of Fame made him the first Miami (Ohio) player to be enshrined.[6]

Personal life

Babich died on April 3, 2022. His wife, Barbara (Caylor), died just a month earlier.[10]


  1. ^ Former Chargers linebacker Bob Babich dies at 74
  2. ^ "Bob Babich Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards -". Archived from the original on 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  3. ^ "Robert "Bob" Babich, Campbell, Ohio". 8 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Robert "Bob" Babich, Campbell, Ohio". 8 June 2022.
  5. ^ a b "1975 Miami Athletics Hall of Fame Class - - The Official Athletic Website of Miami University". Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  6. ^ a b "Bob Babich". Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  7. ^ Gordon, R.; Pruitt, M. (2002). Cleveland Browns A-Z. Sports Pub. p. 9. ISBN 9781582612409. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  8. ^ "Bob Babich NFL Football Statistics |". Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  9. ^ "Robert "Bob" Babich, Campbell, Ohio". 8 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Former Chargers linebacker Bob Babich dies at 74". 19 April 2022.