Original Pro Football Hall of Fame selector dead at 93

Hall Info Published on : 4/29/2009

Bob Oates, a legendary sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times and the last surviving member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s original Board of Selectors, passed away Monday at the age of 93.

Oates, who coved each of the first 39 Super Bowls, served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Selectors from its inception in 1962 until 2006.

"Even right up to the last meeting he attended, he was as informed and prepared as the first meeting," said Hall of Fame Vice President - Communications/Exhibits Joe Horrigan. “It was a pleasure to have him in the room. He was the grand old man. He had a soft voice, but everyone listened and paid attention."

Bob Oates (circled) was a member of the original Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors.

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