Bobby Dillon

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Bobby Dillon

8 Seasons
94 Games
4 Pro Bowls
52 Career Interceptions
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8

Seasons

94

Games

4

Pro Bowls

52

Career Interceptions
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“It tickles me, after all this time, to still hold it (Packers’ career interception record). And I think it’ll be a long time before it’s broken, although with 16 league games, they have a better chance, where we had only 12. It gives them a third more opportunities.”

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(Texas)...6'1'', 180...Instant defensive star, picked off four passes as a rookie … Led team in interceptions every year but one … Registered nine interceptions in a season three times (1953, 1955, 1957) and seven picks twice (1954, 1956) … Career stats: 52 career interceptions for 976 yards and 5 TDs … Ranked tied for second in career interceptions at time of retirement … Still holds Packers record for career interceptions … First-Team All-NFL five straight seasons, 1954-58 …. All-NFL Second-Team four times (1953, 1954, 1956, 1959) … Named to four consecutive Pro Bowls (1956-59) … Born February 23, 1930 in Temple, Texas … Died August 22, 2019 at age of 89.

BIO

Bobby Dillon Green Bay Packers

“It tickles me, after all this time, to still hold it (Packers’ career interception record). And I think it’ll be a long time before it’s broken, although with 16 league games, they have a better chance, where we had only 12. It gives them a third more opportunities.”

The Green Bay Packers selected Bobby Dillon out of Texas in the third round, 28th choice overall, of the 1952 NFL Draft. A dynamic playmaking safety, Dillon played in 94 games during his eight-season career.

Dillon became one of National Football League’s premier pass interceptors despite having lost an eye during a childhood accident. He was an instant star on defense for the Packers of the 1950s. He led the team with four interceptions, while starting all 12 games as a rookie. Dillon ended up leading the team in interceptions in every year except his final season. He was an instinctive ballhawk and registered nine interceptions in a season three times (1953, 1955, 1957) and seven picks twice (1954, 1956).

He picked off four passes in one game versus the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1953, which is still tied for the NFL record for most interceptions in a single game. Dillon’s playmaking abilities where on full display in 1956 when he led the NFL in interception return yardage with 244 yards and a 34.9 return average.

Dillon was voted to the first of four consecutive Pro Bowls (1956-59) following the 1955 season. He earned First-Team All-NFL honors five straight seasons (1954-58) and was selected All-NFL Second-Team four times (1953, 1954, 1956, 1959).

In all, Dillon, recorded 52 interceptions which he returned 976 yards for an incredible career average of 18.8 yards per interception return and five touchdowns. He ranked tied for second in career interceptions at time of his retirement and still holds the Packers record for career interceptions.

STATS

Bobby Dillon's Stats

 

 

 

Interceptions

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1952

Green Bay

12

4

35

8.8

0

1953

Green Bay

10

9

112

12.4

1

1954

Green Bay

12

7

111

15.9

1

1955

Green Bay

12

9

153

17.0

0

1956

Green Bay

12

7

244

34.9

1

1957

Green Bay

12

9

180

20.0

1

1958

Green Bay

12

6

134

22.3

1

1959

Green Bay

12

1

7

7.0

0

Career Total

94

52

976

18.8

5

 

Additional Career Statistics: Punt Returns: 4-37



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Bobby Dillon's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-NFL:  1954 (AP)  ·  1955 (AP, UPI, NEA, SN, NY)  ·  1956 (UPI, NEA, NY)  ·  1957 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY)  ·  1958 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY)

All-NFL Second Team: 1953 (NY)  ·  1954 (NY)  ·  1956 (AP)  ·  1959 (NY)

All-Western Conference: 1956 (SN)  ·  1957 (SN)  ·  1958 (SN)

 

Pro Bowls

(4) – 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959

 

Team Records
 

Packers records held by Dillon

(Records through the 1959 season, Dillon’s final season with Green Bay)

·    [1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 52

·    [1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 4 (vs. Detroit, Nov. 26, 1953)

·    [1st] Most Interception Return Yards, Career – 976

·    [1st] Most Interception Return Yards, Season – 244 (1956)

·    [1st] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns, Career – 5

·    [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions, Season – 9 (1953, 1955, 1957)

 

League/Team Statistical Titles
 

Team Statistical Championships

Interception Leader: 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1952     Green Bay Packers.............. 6-6-0   (4th)

1953     Green Bay Packers.............. 2-9-1   (6th)

1954     Green Bay Packers.............. 4-8-0   (5th)

1955     Green Bay Packers.............. 6-6-0   (3rd)

1956     Green Bay Packers.............. 4-8-0   (5th)

1957     Green Bay Packers.............. 3-9-0   (6th)

1958     Green Bay Packers............ 1-10-1   (6th)

1959     Green Bay Packers.............. 7-5-0   (3rd)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

 

CAREER CAPSULE

Bobby Dillon's Career Capsule

Full Name: Bobby Dan Dillon

Birthdate: February 23, 1930

Birthplace: Temple, Texas

Died: August 22, 2019

High School: Temple (TX)

Pro Career: 8 seasons, 94 games

Drafted: 3rd round (28th overall) in 1952 by Green Bay Packers



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