Bob Pickens
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Pickens in 2008
No. 70
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1943-02-02)February 2, 1943
Chicago, Illinois
Died:April 12, 2018(2018-04-12) (aged 75)[1]
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Evanston (IL) Township
NFL Draft:1966 / Round: 3 / Pick: 44
AFL Draft:1966 / Round: Red Shirt 2 / Pick: 15
(by the Kansas City Chiefs)[2]
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:20
Player stats at · PFR

Bob Pickens (February 2, 1943 – April 12, 2018) was a player in the National Football League. He was drafted in the third round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and later played three seasons with the team.[3] Pickens was also an Olympic wrestler, competing in Tokyo, Japan in the heavyweight division at the 1964 Summer Olympics. He was an NCAA national runner-up during his career at the University of Nebraska, transferring there after originally attending Wisconsin. After his pro football career, Pickens became a referee, officiating in the Big Ten Conference and a number of postseason games including the Rose Bowl. He served on the Chicago Park District Board for several years.


  1. ^ Bob Pickens, former Bear who was among first black Olympic wrestlers, dead at 75
  2. ^ "1966 AFL Draft". Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bob Pickens". Retrieved 2011-01-21.