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Bob Maxwell


Robert Wallace Maxwell

Inducted 1974

Date of Birth



Chicago, IL


Swarthmore College (1904-1905)

University of Chicago (1902-1902)


Robert Maxwell had a nickname - Tiny" - and he was a giant for his time - 6-0, 240-pounds. He began his football career at Englewood High School in Chicago, then played at the University of Chicago in 1902 and at Swarthmore College from 1904-05. Chicago had an 11-1 record in his year there, and Swarthmore was 15-4 for his two years in the Garnet with the 1905 team posting a 9-1 record. Tiny Maxwell was a man of many talents. In college he played the mandolin and acted in Shakespeare plays. He wrote a song, "Heaven Help the Working Girl," which became a national hit. Tiny went into pro football, playing for Canton and Massillon, and was assistant coach at Swarthmore and Pennsylvania. He was a star in track, throwing the discus and hammer. He became a well-known football official and was sports editor of the Philadelphia Public Ledger. Maxwell was born September 7, 1883, in Chicago; he died June 30, 1922, at age 38, following an automobile crash. The Maxwell Club in Philadelphia was named for him and, in 1937, the club started the Maxwell Trophy, given annually to the nation's top football player.


Height 6'0

Weight 240

Career Highlights

  • 1905 Third Team All-America
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