BOBBY LAYNE

BOBBY LAYNE

Class of 1967
Quarterback >>> 6-1, 201
(Texas)
1948 Chicago Bears, 1949 New York Bulldogs, 1950-1958 Detroit Lions, 1958-1962 Pittsburgh Steelers

Robert Lawrence Layne. . .Texas All-America, 1947. . .Led Lions to four divisional, three NFL titles in 1950s. . . Exceptional field leader, at best in clutch. . .Last-second TD pass won 1953 NFL title game. . . Also kicked field goals. . . All-NFL, 1952, 1956. . .Second-team All-NFL four times. . .NFL scoring champ, 1956. . . Career record: 1,814 completions for 26,768 yards, 196 TDs; 2,451 yards rushing; 372 points scored. . .Born December 19, 1926, in Santa Anna, Texas. . .Died December 1, 1986, at age of 59.

Bobby Layne, during his 15 pro football seasons, was a free-spirited All-NFL caliber quarterback who did well statistically but was exceptional in the intangibles – leadership, determination, competitiveness, and guts.

Layne left pro football with a legend that may never be exactly duplicated. Bobby's story deals with sterling accomplishments on the field but also with his penchant for enjoying every moment off the field, even if that meant on occasion a big night on the town just hours before a crucial game. While it’s likely some of Layne's off-the-field activities have been exaggerated, there is no question he did not always subscribe to the general rules of team behavior.

So it may be that Layne's pro football success hinged on the relationship he developed with a wise and understanding coach, Raymond "Buddy" Parker, who understood what made Bobby tick. The two combined their talents to produce the most successful years in Detroit Lions history.

The Lions won divisional crowns in 1952, 1953, and 1954, and NFL titles in 1952 and 1953. In both title game victories, Layne and the Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns. In the 1953 game Bobby enjoyed his greatest and certainly most famous afternoon. The Browns held a 16-10 advantage with 4:10 left to play. Layne coolly directed the team on an 80-yard touchdown drive that combined with Doak Walker’s extra point kick, gave the Lions a 17-16 win.

In 1957, Parker left the Lions to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne and the Lions won the NFL championship that season. One year later, Layne joined Parker in Pittsburgh through a trade. The Parker-Layne duo provided the Steelers with some of their finest seasons up to that time. Bobby Layne was a never-say-die competitor. His longtime friend and fellow Hall of Famer Doak Walker once said admiringly of his teammate: "Bobby never lost a game. Some days, time just ran out on him."

Year Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1948 Chicago Bears
11
52
16
30.8
232
3
2
49.5
13
80
6.2
1
1949 New York Bulldogs
12
299
155
51.8
1796
9
18
55.3
54
196
3.6
3
1950 Detroit
12
336
152
45.2
2323
16
18
62.1
56
250
4.5
4
1951 Detroit
12
332
152
45.8
2403
26
23
67.6
61
290
4.8
1
1952 Detroit
12
287
139
48.4
1999
19
20
64.5
94
411
4.4
1
1953 Detroit
12
273
125
45.8
2088
16
21
59.6
87
343
3.9
0
1954 Detroit
12
246
135
54.9
1818
14
12
77.3
30
119
4.0
2
1955 Detroit
12
270
143
53.0
1830
11
17
61.8
31
111
3.6
0
1956 Detroit
12
244
129
52.9
1909
9
17
62.0
46
169
3.7
5
1957 Detroit
11
179
87
48.6
1169
6
12
53.0
24
99
4.1
0
1958 Detroit/Pittsburgh
12
294
145
49.3
2510
14
12
77.6
40
154
3.9
3
1959 Pittsburgh
12
297
142
47.8
1986
20
21
62.8
33
181
5.5
2
1960 Pittsburgh
12
209
103
49.3
1814
13
17
66.2
19
12
0.6
2
1961 Pittsburgh
8
149
75
50.3
1205
11
16
62.8
8
11
1.4
0
1962 Pittsburgh
13
233
116
49.8
1686
9
17
56.2
15
25
1.7
1
Career Total
175
3700
1814
49
26,768
196
243
63.4
611
2451
4.0
25
Additional Career Statistics: Scoring: 34-50 FG, 120-124 XP; Punting: 1-24

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