Bob Jeter
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Personal information
Born:(1937-05-09)May 9, 1937
Union, South Carolina
Died:November 20, 2008(2008-11-20) (aged 71)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Weirton (WV) Weir
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17
AFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1
Pick: First Selections
(by the Los Angeles Chargers)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:333
Player stats at

Robert DeLafayette Jeter, Jr. (May 9, 1937 – November 20, 2008) was an American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

Early years

Jeter was raised in Weirton, West Virginia, where he attended the segregated local school, Dunbar High School, until after his junior year in 1954. He then attended Weir High School and was a football standout his senior year in the fall of 1955.

He played college football at the University of Iowa. As a halfback with the Hawkeyes, Jeter rushed for a Rose Bowl record 194 yards on just nine carries against California as a junior in the 1959 Rose Bowl.[1][2] This total included an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, another record.[3][4] As a result of this performance, he was the named the game's MVP, and Iowa finished as runner-up in the AP poll.[5][6] He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1994.[7]

Professional career

Selected by the Packers in the second round of the 1960 NFL draft,[8] Jeter began his pro career in the Canadian Football League with the British Columbia Lions.[9] He was used in Canada as a running back in 1960 and 1961, backing up CFL legend and former Iowa teammate Willie Fleming. Still under contract in Canada, Jeter spent the 1962 season on the Packers' taxi squad,[10] saw limited action as a wide receiver in 1963 and 1964, and was moved to defensive back in 1965.[10][11]

Jeter was part of the Packer teams that won an unprecedented three consecutive NFL championship games and the first two Super Bowls. Herb Adderley and Jeter formed one of the greatest cornerback duos in football history.[12] During this time, Packers defense led the league in fewest points allowed in 1965 and 1966, fewest total yards allowed in 1964 and 1967, and fewest passing yards allowed from 1964 to 1968. Prior to the 1971 training camp under new head coach Dan Devine, Jeter was traded to the Chicago Bears,[13][14] where he finished his career in 1973.

In eleven NFL seasons, Jeter had 26 interceptions for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 25 yards. He was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame in 1985.[15]

After football

Jeter had worked in Chicago for the Chicago Park District alongside former Big Ten (Illinois) grappler Patrick Heffernan, coordinating citywide sporting events for kids. He also was a warehouse planner for a food company.[11]

His son, Rob Jeter, was the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His brother, Tony Jeter, played at Nebraska and two seasons at tight end with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jeter died at age 71 in 2008 in Chicago of a heart attack.[16]


  1. ^ Myers, Bob (January 2, 1959). "Jeter runs wild in Iowa win". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, part 2.
  2. ^ Kuechle, Oliver E. (January 2, 1959). "Four marks broken as Iowa wins, 38-12". Milwaukee Journal. p. 17, part 2.
  3. ^ "Jeter's 2 records feature Rose Bowl". Washington Afro-American. January 6, 1959. p. 11.
  4. ^ Missildine, Harry (January 2, 1959). "Jeter flies as Hawkeyes crush Bears". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 16.
  5. ^ Wright, Earl (January 2, 1959). "Iowa and Oklahoma only favorites to perform as well as predicted". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. UPI. p. 14.
  6. ^ "Iowa rockets explode past Cal, 38-12". Lodi News-Sentinel. UPI. January 2, 1959. p. 16.
  7. ^ "James enshrined in Rose Bowl hall". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 12, 1994. p. 2C.
  8. ^ Lea, Bud (December 1, 1959). "Moore, Jeter, Hackbart, Packers' 1-2-3 picks". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, part 2.
  9. ^ "Bob Jeter signs Vancouver pact". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. February 18, 1960. p. 41.
  10. ^ a b Johnson, Chuck (October 11, 1967). "Jeter recalls Canadian years with regret". Milwaukee Journal. p. 17, part 2.
  11. ^ a b Christl, Cliff (November 13, 2002). "Whatever happened to: Bob Jeter". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 3C.
  12. ^ Christl, Cliff (August 1, 2019). "Bob Jeter formed half of all-time cornerback combo". Green Bay Packers, Inc. Archived from the original on August 3, 2019. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  13. ^ Lea, Bud (July 23, 1971). "Jeter's exit no shocker". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  14. ^ "Bears' Montgomery traded for Jeter". Milwaukee Journal. July 22, 1971. p. 14, part 2.
  15. ^ Lea, Bud (February 4, 1985). "Jeter warmed by return to Packer spotlight". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  16. ^ "Bob Jeter". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (death notice). November 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2016.