Bobby Garrett
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Garrett on a 1954 Bowman football card
No. 17, 15
Personal information
Born:(1932-08-16)August 16, 1932
Los Angeles, California
Died:December 5, 1987(1987-12-05) (aged 55)[1]
Westminster, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass completions–attempts:15–30
Pass completions percentage:50%
Passing yards:143
Passer rating:49.7
Player stats at

Robert Driscoll "Bobby" Garrett (August 16, 1932 – 5 December 1987) was an American football quarterback who played for Stanford University and played one season in the National Football League. He is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.[2]

Born in Los Angeles, California, Garrett was an All-American quarterback at Stanford University. Garrett became Stanford's starting quarterback in 1952, his junior year. He led Stanford to a 5-3 record in games he started. After he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in a loss to USC, Stanford lost its two remaining games, finishing with a 5-5 record.[3][4]

In 1953, Garrett led Stanford to a 6-3-1 record.[5] Stanford finished second behind UCLA in the Pacific Coast Conference, with a 4-1-1 conference record. Garrett not only played quarterback but also played as a defensive back, punted,[6] and kicked PATs. Although he passed right-handed, he kicked PATs with his left foot.[7] The highlight of Stanford's season was a 21-20 victory over fourth-ranked UCLA in which Garrett, who played every minute on offense and defense, threw three touchdown passes, kicked three extra points, recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass.[8] After the game, UCLA coach "Red" Sanders stated, "I have never seen a game so dominated by one man."[9] In a losing effort against USC, Garrett set a Pacific Coast Conference record for passing yardage in a single game, with 324 yards.[10]

For the 1953 season, Garrett completed 118 passes in 205 attempts with 10 interceptions for 1,637 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns. He kicked 26 PATs in 30 attempts and intercepted 9 passes. His 17 touchdown passes set a PCC single-season record.[11] His 17 touchdown passes, 19 total touchdowns, 1,637 passing yards, 57.6% completion rate among passers with 150 or more attempts, 26 PATs, and 9 interceptions on defense all led the nation.[12]

Honors he received included:

The Cleveland Browns selected Garrett with the first overall pick of the 1954 NFL draft, and signed him to a contract of $15,000 a year with a $5,000 signing bonus, which at the time was a record contract for a rookie. Cleveland traded Garrett to the Green Bay Packers before he arrived in Cleveland, apparently because Garrett's required military service did not fit in with the Browns' plans.[15] Garrett appeared in 9 games in 1954 as the Packers' second-string quarterback, completing 15 of 30 passes. Garrett then served two years in the Air Force, after which Cleveland re-acquired him from Green Bay. Garrett never played a game for the Browns. He resigned from pro football during the 1957 season.[16]

Garrett stuttered. One of his teammates on the Packers stated that he had difficulty calling plays in the huddle,[17] but a Stanford sportswriter disputes this, pointing out that his stutter was not an issue at Stanford.[15]

See also


  1. ^ California, Death Index, 1940-1997, index, Robert Driscoll Garrett, 1987. FamilySearch, accessed 22 Sep 2013
  2. ^ "Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame". Stanford University.
  3. ^ Webster, Don (November 11, 1952). "Bob Garrett Is Out for Season". The Stanford Daily. p. 3. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  4. ^ "1952 Football Schedule". Stanford University.
  5. ^ "1953 Football Schedule". Stanford University.
  6. ^ Grothe, Pete (November 4, 1953). "3 DAYS TILL USC; Bob Garrett Leads Nation's Passers". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  7. ^ Grothe, Pete (October 30, 1950). "Frosh Gridders Turn In Effortless Victory Over San Jose State, 28-7". The Stanford Daily. p. 3. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  8. ^ Berman, Phil (October 19, 1953). "ROSE BOWL EXPRESS CHANGES ENGINES". The Stanford Daily. p. 1. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  9. ^ Laval, Claude (October 23, 1953). "Nation's Top Quarterback?". The Stanford Daily. p. 3. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  10. ^ Grothe, Pete (November 9, 1953). "Field Goal In Last Seconds Bowls Over Cards, 23-20". The Stanford Daily. p. 1.
  11. ^ "Card 11 Dominates PCC Stats". November 25, 1953. p. 3.
  12. ^ "Cards, Garrett Pace Nation". January 6, 1954. p. 3.
  13. ^ "Card Passing Duo Honored". The Stanford Daily. December 4, 1953. p. 4.
  14. ^ "CARD HONORED". The Stanford Daily. January 27, 1954. p. 3.
  15. ^ a b Scott, Sam (May 2012). "The First Number One". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  16. ^ Huntress, Frank (October 1, 1957). "P.A.T." The Stanford Daily. p. 3.
  17. ^ Harner, Andrew (April 21, 2020). "The 10 Biggest Draft Busts in Cleveland Browns History". Sports Illustrated.