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Bob Reifsnyder


Robert Harland Reifsnyder

Inducted 1997

Date of Birth



Brooklyn, NY


United States Naval Academy (1956-1958)


Bob Reifsnyder stood 6-1 in height, weighed 230 pounds, and played tackle for Navy. In 1957, his junior year, Navy went 8-1-1, won the Lambert Trophy as the best team in the East and beat Rice in the Cotton Bowl. Reifsnyder was named a first-team All-America and won the Maxwell Trophy, given to the nation's best player. This was the first time the Maxwell Award was given to a guard or tackle. Reifsnyder suffered a knee injury before the 1958 season began, and his playing time was limited to 27 minutes of the entire schedule. He graduated from Navy as a member of the 1959 class but did not receive a commission because of his physical disability. He had a brief professional football career (New York Giants 1959, New York Titans 1960-61). Reifsnyder coached football at Berner High School, Massapequa, New York, from 1963-1980, with a career record of 104-39-3. For the period 1981-84 he was an assistant coach at Columbia University. For the years 1985-86 he was football coach at Friends Academy. In 1987 he became coach at Patchogue-Medford High School in New York. He added the title of Dean of Students at the school in 1990.


Height 6'1

Weight 230

Career Highlights

  • 1957 First Team All-America
  • 1957 Maxwell Award Winner
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