Bob Pellegrini
No. 53
Born:(1934-11-13)November 13, 1934
Yatesboro, Pennsylvania
Died:April 11, 2008(2008-04-11) (aged 73)
Marmora, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s)Center, linebacker
NFL draft1956 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
As player
1956–1961Philadelphia Eagles
1962–1965Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Robert Francis Pellegrini (November 13, 1934 – April 11, 2008) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Maryland, where he was an All-American as a center. Pellegrini was drafted in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft. In 1996, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In 1955, he finished fifth in number of votes for the Heisman Trophy.[1] He was featured on the cover of the November 7, 1955 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.[2] He was a member of the Gamma Chi Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Maryland. All American football players Chet "the Jet" Hanulak and Bill Walker were fellow Sigma Chi Fraternity brothers of Pellegrini at Maryland.

After his professional playing career with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, he joined the Miami Dolphins staff as the linebackers coach from 1966 to 1967.[3]

Pellegrini died at the age of 73 on April 11, 2008, at his home in the Marmora section of Upper Township, New Jersey.[4]


  1. ^ Pac-10 in the Heisman Voting (PDF), Pacific-10 Conference, p. 4, 2005.
  2. ^ Bob Pellegrini, Football, Maryland Terrapins, Sports Illustrated, November 7, 1955.
  3. ^ Bob Pellegrini Named Dolphins Assistant, Reading Eagle, February 4, 1966.
  4. ^ Staff. "1996 Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Pellegrini Dies", National Football Foundation, April 20, 2008. Accessed September 12, 2016. "Bob Pellegrini, a 1996 inductee into the College Hall of Fame and a unanimous All-America center at Maryland, died April 11 at his home in Marmora, N.J. He was 73."