Gene Roberts
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Personal information
Born:(1923-01-20)January 20, 1923
Kansas, U.S.
Died:July 6, 2009(2009-07-06) (aged 86)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:East
(Kansas City, Missouri)
NFL Draft:1946 / Round: 8 / Pick: 65
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,904
Rushing touchdowns:14
Receiving yards:1,135
Receiving touchdowns:12
Player stats at · PFR

Eugene O. "Choo-Choo" Roberts (January 20, 1923 – July 6, 2009) was an American football halfback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1947 to 1950. Roberts played college football at Chattanooga, leading the NCAA in scoring in 1946 with 117 points. He set the NFL and the New York Giants single game rushing record with 218 yards on November 12, 1950 against the Chicago Cardinals.[1] The NFL record was broken by Thomas Wilson of the Los Angeles Rams on December 16, 1956. The Giants single game rushing record stood for over 55 years, until it was broken by Tiki Barber on December 17, 2005.

Roberts left the Giants in 1950 and played in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes in 1951 and the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1952 to 1954.

Roberts is the only person to lead the NCAA, the NFL (102 points in 1949) and the CFL (88 points in 1953) in scoring.

See also


  1. ^ "Roberts, Conerly Lead Giant Win". The Pantagraph. November 13, 1950. p. 9. Retrieved August 24, 2016 – via open access
Records Preceded byCliff Battles NFL single-game rushing record November 12, 1950 – December 16, 1956 Succeeded byTommy Wilson