Bob Jeter

Robert DeLafayette Jeter, Jr. (May 9, 1937 – November 20, 2008) was an American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. He was raised in Weirton, WV where he attended the segregated local school, Dunbar High School, until after his junior year in 1954. He then attended Weir High School and was a football standout his senior year in the fall of 1955. The following is a link to an obituary tribute that appeared in the local Steubenville (OH)- Weirton (WV) newspaper: http://www.heraldstaronline.com/page/content.detail/id/512689.html?nav=5013.

He played college football at the University of Iowa. As a halfback with the Hawkeyes, Jeter rushed for a Rose Bowl record 194 yards on just nine carries against the California Golden Bears on January 1, 1959. This total included an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, another Rose Bowl record. As a result of this performance, he was the named the game's MVP. Jeter began his Pro career, north of the border, with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was used in Canada as a running back from 1961-62, backing up CFL legend, and fellow Iowa grad, Willie Fleming. Jeter was part of the Packers' teams that won the 1965 NFL Championship and Super Bowls I and II. During this time, Packers defense led the league in fewest points allowed in 1965 and 1966, fewest total yards allowed in 1964 and 1967, and fewest passing yards allowed from 1964 to 1968.

In eleven seasons, Jeter had 26 interceptions for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 25 yards.

Bob had worked for the Chicago Park District alongside former Big Ten (Illinois) grappler Patrick Heffernan, coordinating citywide sporting events for kids.

His son, Rob Jeter, is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

His brother, Tony Jeter, played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bob died on November 20, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois of a heart attack.

By Dean Hanley

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