Robert Gallery
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Gallery with the Oakland Raiders in 2010
No. 76, 72
Personal information
Born: (1980-07-26) July 26, 1980 (age 43)
Manchester, Iowa, U.S.
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:Winthrop (IA) East Buchanan
College:Iowa (1999–2003)
NFL draft:2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:104
Games started:103
Fumble recoveries:4
Player stats at PFR

Robert J. Gallery (born July 26, 1980) is an American former professional football player who was an offensive guard who played for eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Iowa and received unanimous All-American recognition. He was selected with the second overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2004 NFL draft. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks.

Early life

Gallery was born in Manchester, Iowa. He attended East Buchanan High School in Winthrop, Iowa and starred in football, basketball and track. In football, he played tight end and linebacker and also handled punting and kickoff duties. He was an all-conference honorable mention selection as a sophomore before being named first-team all-conference as a junior and senior. Gallery helped his high-school team to a three-year record of 24-8, including a 19-2 record in district play. He was a Des Moines Register Class 1A first-team all-state selection as a senior. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Gallery earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

College career

Gallery attended the University of Iowa and played for the Hawkeyes football team from 1999 to 2003. His older brother Nick had been an All-Big Ten punter for the Hawkeyes, and his younger brother John later became a punter for the team. After redshirting in 1999, Gallery had three catches for 52 yards as a starting tight end as a freshman before moving to the tackle position. He started six games at the right tackle position as a freshman.

As a sophomore, Gallery started every game at left tackle and made vast improvements throughout the year. He helped Iowa lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring in 2001 as Iowa qualified for its first bowl game in four years. As a junior in 2002, Gallery started all 13 games at left tackle and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. He helped lead Iowa to its first Big Ten title in 12 years and its first undefeated conference season in 80 years. He also won the team's Hustle Award.

In 2003, Gallery led Iowa to another 10-win season and was voted as Iowa's co-captain and co-MVP for the season. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year and named the Big Ten offensive lineman of the year. He was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American as a senior in 2003. He was awarded the 2003 Outland Trophy, making him the third lineman from Iowa to win the award (along with Alex Karras and Cal Jones). He was also a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection at Iowa.

Gallery graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. As part of his pre-professional training, he taught at two local elementary schools.

On January 9, 2023, the College Football Hall of Fame selected Gallery for induction into the 2023 Class.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 7+18 in
(2.01 m)
323 lb
(147 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.98 s 1.70 s 2.92 s 4.39 s 7.43 s 30.0 in
(0.76 m)
8 ft 9 in
(2.67 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Oakland Raiders

Gallery was selected with the second overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders.[3] He was regarded as "the best lineman to come out of college in years",[4] with a perfect 9.0 prospect rating, the highest for any offensive lineman.[5]

In 2004, Gallery started 15 games at right tackle and surrendered three sacks. In 2005, he started all 16 games at right tackle and allowed 3.5 sacks. The Raiders moved him to left tackle at the beginning of the 2006 preseason. In the Raiders' first game of the 2006 regular season, Gallery was part of an offensive line that surrendered nine sacks (at least three of which were charged to him) to the San Diego Chargers. He played in 13 games during the season and allowed 10.5 sacks, placing him fourth in the league despite missing three games. In 2007, Oakland moved Gallery to left guard.

Although Gallery had generally been considered a bust at the left tackle position for which he was selected and had limited success at the right tackle position, his performance improved as a left guard.[6]

Seattle Seahawks

On July 27, 2011, Gallery agreed to join the Seattle Seahawks on a three-year deal[7] worth a reported $15 million.[8] He was released after one season.[9]

New England Patriots

On March 19, 2012, Gallery signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal.[10] Gallery announced his retirement from professional football on August 4, 2012.[11]


  1. ^ "NFF Announces Star-Studded 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class".
  2. ^ "Robert Gallery, Iowa, OT, 2004 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "2004 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  4. ^ King, Peter (April 26, 2004), "In A League Of His Own", Sports Illustrated
  5. ^ "Robert Gallery". The Official Site of the Oakland Raiders. Archived from the original on August 19, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2006.
  6. ^ "Report: Patriots Sign OL Robert Gallery". WBZ website. March 19, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Home".
  8. ^ "Seahawks cut cord on guard Robert Gallery". March 15, 2012.
  9. ^ "Seahawks cut cord on guard Robert Gallery". March 15, 2012.
  10. ^ "Former No. 2 pick Gallery, 32, retires with Pats". August 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "Former No. 2 pick Gallery, 32, retires with Pats". August 4, 2012.