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Bob Berry (American football)

Bob Berry
No. 17
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-03-10) March 10, 1942
Place of birth: San Jose, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: San Jose Willow Glen (CA)
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 11 / Pick: 142
(By the Philadelphia Eagles)
AFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 26 / Pick: 201
(By the Denver Broncos)
Debuted in 1965 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 1976 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1976
TD-INT 64-64
Yards 9,197
QB Rating 77.2
Stats at
Stats at

Robert Chadwick "Bob" Berry (born March 10, 1942) is a former American football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for twelve seasons. He was selected to one Pro Bowl in 1969 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Berry was a member of three Super Bowl teams with the Minnesota Vikings in the mid-1970s.


  • College career 1
  • Professional career 2
    • Minnesota Vikings 2.1
    • Atlanta Falcons 2.2
    • Second stint with Vikings 2.3
  • Personal 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

College career

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Berry played high school football at Willow Glen High School, where his father was a longtime head coach.[1][2] He graduated in 1960 and played college football at Oregon,[3] where he was a three-year letter winner under coach Len Casanova. At Oregon, Berry teamed with future Pro Football Hall of Famers Mel Renfro and Dave Wilcox and led the Ducks to three consecutive winning seasons. in his junior year in 1963, Oregon's last as an independent, the Ducks beat Southern Methodist 21-14 in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve.[4] (The Pacific-8 conference did not allow a second bowl team until 1975).

Berry was named a first-team All-American after his senior season, despite being edged out as All-Pacific-8 quarterback by Craig Morton of California. Berry's teammates named him the team's outstanding player and he played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. In 1985, Berry received the university's distinguished alumnus award.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the eleventh round of the 1964 NFL Draft[5] and by the Denver Broncos in the twenty-sixth round of the 1964 AFL Draft, Berry played his senior season at Oregon in 1964 and signed with the Minnesota Vikings in late November.[6][7] Minnesota had acquired his draft rights in an off-season trade.[8] Berry was out of college during the 1961 season, a de facto redshirt year.[3][9]

Berry played three seasons with the Vikings, the first two under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, a former Oregon quarterback, and was primarily a reserve behind Fran Tarkenton. He made his first start in 1966, a loss in the snow at home to the expansion Atlanta Falcons on December 4.[10][11] Following the 1966 season, Tarkenton demanded to be traded and was sent to the New York Giants for multiple draft picks and Van Brocklin stepped down as head coach.[12] Joe Kapp was the starting quarterback under new head coach Bud Grant in 1967 and Berry saw very limited action.[13] In training camp in 1968, Berry was behind Kapp and Gary Cuozzo and missed the final cut in early September.[14]

Atlanta Falcons

Berry was quickly picked up by the Atlanta Falcons in 1968,[15] and Van Brocklin became the head coach after the third game of the season.[16] Berry started 51 games for the Falcons in five seasons, through 1972, throwing for 8,489 yards and 57 touchdowns, with a passer rating of 79.2.[17] He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1969, and was traded back to the Vikings in May 1973.[18]

Second stint with Vikings

Berry played for the Minnesota Vikings again for four seasons, starting in 1973. He was again the backup to Tarkenton, and Minnesota played in three Super Bowls (VIII, IX, and XI) during this second stint, all losses. Berry retired from football on the first day of 1977 training camp, July 28.[19]


Berry has a daughter, Jennifer (born 1972) and a son, Michael (born 1993) and two grandchildren. Berry resides in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Berry's younger brother Ken was the starting quarterback at San Jose State and the two teams met in 1963.[2][20][21]


  1. ^ "Berry-Troppmann co-coaches". Lodi News-Sentinel. December 20, 1962. p. 10. 
  2. ^ a b "Berry's parents confused". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 1, 1963. p. 14. 
  3. ^ a b Leutzinger, Jerry (September 6, 1962). "Cocky Bob Berry figures he's Webfoots' best quarterback". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 3D. 
  4. ^ Uhrhammer, Jerry (January 1, 1963). "Berry leads Oregon to 21-14 win". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1D. 
  5. ^ "Four Webfoots drafted by NFL". Eugene Register-Guard. December 3, 1963. p. 2B. 
  6. ^ Strite, Dick (November 24, 1964). "Van Brocklin visits Berry". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2B. 
  7. ^ "Berry signs pro contract". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. November 29, 1964. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ "Vikings sign Bob Berry". The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon). UPI. November 30, 1964. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "Berry to skip '61 grid play". The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon). UPI. July 11, 1961. p. 2. 
  10. ^ "Ice, snow hamper Berry". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. December 5, 1966. p. 4B. 
  11. ^ "Boxscore finder: all games started at QB by Bob Berry in 1966". Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  12. ^ "Giants trade draft picks for Tarkenton". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida). Associated Press. March 8, 1967. p. 18. 
  13. ^ Hallman, Charles (August 10, 1968). "Cuozzo may beat out Kapp". Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. p. 6. 
  14. ^ "Berry, Tobey cut by Minnesota Viks". Eugene Register-Guard. September 10, 1968. p. 3B. 
  15. ^ "Falcons pick up Flatley, Berry". Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. September 11, 1968. p. 16. 
  16. ^ Speer, Ron (October 2, 1968). "Van to have 5-year pact". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. 1D. 
  17. ^ "Bob Berry". Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Berry back with Vikings and old rival, Tarkenton". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. May 15, 1973. p. 15, part 2. 
  19. ^ "Tarkenton's backup Berry retires". Palm Beach Post. wire services. July 29, 1977. p. D2. 
  20. ^ "Berrys hoping to see Berry against Berry". Eugene Register Guard. November 1, 1963. p. 3B. 
  21. ^ "Helpless Ducks fall, 13-7". Eugene Register-Guard. November 3, 1963. p. 1B. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from • Pro-Football-Reference •
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