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Bob Colburn Print E-mail
The leader of the most successful football team in BG history, Bob Colburn came to BG from Dayton Fairmont with quite the athletic resume. He received nine varsity letters in high school, playing football, basketball and reaching the state semifinals in tennis his senior year. While he continued his tennis career at Bowling Green, his biggest accomplishment was quarterbacking the football team to the only unbeaten, untied record in school history, helping the Falcons claim the College Division National Championship in the process.

Colburn passed for 685 yards in 1958, earning second team All-MAC honors as the Falcons finished the season at 7-2. The following year, he was named to the first team All-MAC and All-Ohio, throwing for 788 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Falcons to the MAC and national titles. His 80-yard touchdown pass to Ron Blackledge in the win over Southern Illinois that season was the longest scoring pass in BG history, a record that held up until 1976.

After graduation, Colburn signed to play with the N.Y. Titans, and eventually got into coaching in the Dayton area. He served as head football coach at Wayne H.S. before taking over as basketball coach at Fairmont East. In 1980, he led his team to the state regional finals, and taught at the school until his retirement in 1993.

He was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
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