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Bobby Layne


Robert Lawrence Layne

Inducted 1968

Date of Birth



Santa Ana, TX


University of Texas (1944-1947)


Far from a classic passer and hardly a clever runner, Bobby Layne could still find many ways to win a football game. The first great T-formation quarterback in the Southwest, Layne led Texas teams during the 1940s. He made the Longhorn varsity as a freshman in 1944 and led Texas to within a point of the Southwest championship. He spent part of the 1945 season in the Merchant Marine, returning to UT in time to help Texas win the SWC crown and an invitation to the Cotton Bowl. Then, on New Year's Day, he completed 11 of 12 passes and figured in all six Texas touchdowns as his team routed Missouri, 40-27. As a junior in 1946, Bobby led the SWC in passing and drove the club to a 8-2-0 mark. After three years of single-wing football, UT coach Dana X. Bible switched to the "T" and Layne never missed a stride, carrying the Longhorns to a 10-1-0 record which included a 27-0 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama. When he had finished, All-America Layne had established no less than 11 school records. After his days in Austin, Layne went to the National Football League and continued a record-setting career with Detroit and Pittsburgh. He was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Height 6'0

Weight 191

Career Highlights

  • 1947 All-Conference
  • 1947 Consensus All-America
  • 1947 Heisman - Sixth
  • 1947 Led nation in passing
  • 1946 All-Conference
  • 1946 Heisman - Eighth
  • 1946 Second Team All-America
  • 1945 All-Conference
  • 1944 All-Conference
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