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Bob Suffridge


Robert Lee Suffridge

Inducted 1961

Date of Birth



Fountain City, TN


University of Tennessee (1938-1940)


Bob Suffridge played guard for Tennessee, was All-America three times, was named in 1982 to all-time Southeastern Conference team, and was chosen by the Football Writers Association for the all-time All-America team. He played at 190-pounds and was a brilliant blocker and tackler. Suffridge was so quick he once blocked the same point-after-touchdown three times, twice called for off-sides when many observers felt he wasn't. Tennessee went 10-0 in the regular season each of Suffridge's years. The 1938 team beat Oklahoma 17-0 in the Orange Bowl. The 1939 team, unbeaten, untied, and unscored upon over the regular schedule, lost to Southern California 14-0 in the Rose Bowl. The 1940 team lost to Boston College 19-13 in the Sugar Bowl. Suffridge played with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1941 and 1945. Between those years he was a lieutenant commander in the Navy. He was line coach at North Carolina State 1946-51. After that he was an insurance broker in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Height 6'0

Weight 185

Career Highlights

  • 1940 All-Conference
  • 1940 Unanimous All-America
  • 1939 First Team All-America
  • 1938 All-Conference
  • 1938 First Team All-America
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