|Born:||August 7, 1946|
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
(San Francisco, California)
|College:||Arizona State (1963–1964)|
San Francisco CC (1965)
|NFL Draft:||1968 / Round: 17 / Pick: 441|
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Robert Melville Lee (born August 7, 1946) is a former American football quarterback and punter. He played college football for Arizona State, City College of San Francisco, and Pacific. He was selected 441st overall in the 1968 NFL/AFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams.
Lee was born in Columbus, Ohio. He attended and played high school football for Lowell High School in San Francisco, California.
Lee initially played college football for Arizona State in 1963 and 1964—lettering in 1964. He then attended the City College of San Francisco for the 1965 before finishing his career with Pacific—lettering in both 1966 and 1967.
Lee was drafted in the seventeenth round of the 1968 NFL/AFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). As a member of the Vikings, he saw action as a punter in Super Bowl IV.
Lee started a 1971 NFC Divisional Playoff on Christmas against the Dallas Cowboys over Gary Cuozzo and Norm Snead. Lee was seven of seventeen for 86 yards—49 of those on a second quarter completion to Bob Grim—with no touchdowns and two interceptions. With the Vikings trailing 3–20 late in the third quarter, coach Bud Grant replaced Lee with Cuozzo, who led Minnesota to its lone touchdown on a 6-yard pass to Stu Voigt. Despite the late score, the team still lost 12–20.
On May 14, 1973, the Atlanta Falcons dealt quarterback Bob Berry and a first round draft pick for Lee and linebacker Lonnie Warwick. During his stint with the Falcons, he led Atlanta to a 20–14 victory over the 9–0 Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football on November 19, 1973. 1973 was Lee's most successful season in the NFL. He replaced Dick Shiner as the Falcons quarterback in Week 5 and led the Falcons to seven consecutive wins, including the win over the Vikings, on their way to a 9–5 record, the Falcons' best season in their history at that point. Lee started ten games and passed for 1,786 yards with ten touchdowns and eight interceptions.
In 1976, Lee threw a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XI. With starting quarterback Fran Tarkenton's late season injury in the 1977 season, Lee started and led the Vikings to a 14–7 win over the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs. The game was infamous due to the muddy conditions. Lee started the NFC Championship the next week as well against the Dallas Cowboys, but the Vikings lost 23–6.
He was also a backup in Super Bowl XIV as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.
He is one of twelve quarterbacks to post both a perfect quarterback rating and a zero passer rating over the course of their careers, and is the first to have done so in the same season.
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His son, Zac Lee, played football for the University of Nebraska and was the team's starting quarterback for most of the 2009 season, he briefly signed with the Seattle Seahawks and he played for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (UFL). His daughter, Jenna Lee, worked in various roles for the Fox Business Network starting in 2007, prior to becoming an anchor on the Fox News Channel in 2010.