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Gene Roberts

American football player

Died when: 86 years 167 days (1037 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn

 

Gene Roberts

Eugene O. "Choo-Choo" Roberts (January 20, 1923 – July 6, 2009) was an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1947 to 1950.

Roberts played college football for 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.

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.


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