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Bob Hamilton


Robert Anthony Hamilton

Inducted 1972

Date of Birth



Sewickley, PA


Stanford University (1933-1935)


Most Hall of Fame backs are noted for their great ability as a passer or a runner. It is rare when a back gains Hall of Fame recognition for his blocking ability. While Robert Hamilton was a fine runner his forte was blocking. "Bones" led the interference for fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Grayson. The Stanford teams of 1933-35 were known as the "Vow Boys." As freshmen, Hamilton and his teammates made a promise to never lose to Southern California. A promise that was kept. While the pledge was originated by quarterback Frank Alustiza, Hamilton was the player who termed the promise a "vow." In their three varsity seasons the "Vow Boys" posted a 25-4-2 record and became the first team to play in three consecutive Rose Bowls. In 1934, Hamilton was selected as a first-team All-America in a vote of 1,540 players by Liberty Magazine. Hamilton was the team leader and was captain of the 1935 squad. Hamilton in his playing days stood 5-10 and weighed 185 pounds. He served in the Navy in World War II. After that he operated an auto dealership in Van Nuys, California.


Height 5'10

Weight 185

Career Highlights

  • 1934 First Team All-America
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