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Bob Lilly


Robert Lewis Lilly

Inducted 1981

Date of Birth



Olney, TX


Texas Christian University (1958-1960)


Bob Lilly was, indeed, "Mr. Defense" as both a collegiate and professional star. During Lilly's three varsity seasons with Texas Christian, the Horned Frogs surrendered an average of just eight points a game. As a sophomore in 1958, Bob helped the Horned Frogs to an 8-2-1 record which included a scoreless tie with Air Force in the Cotton Bowl. TCU was 8-2 in 1959 before losing to Clemson, 23-7, in the first Bluebonnet Bowl game. Eleven opponents could total no more than 75 points against the Horned Frogs that year, an average of less than seven points a game. Lilly was the leader of that great TCU defense, winning All- Southwest Conference honors. Although the Horned Frogs slipped to a mediocre 4-4-2 record in 1960, Bob Lilly's individual play continued to draw praises from the experts. Again, he was all-conference and he added consensus All-America laurels. That season he appeared in four post-season contests - the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, the Coaches All-America game and the College All-Star Game. Following his collegiate career, Lilly went on to star for the Dallas Cowboys and became an All-Pro defensive star.


Height 6'5

Weight 250

Career Highlights

  • 1960 All-Conference
  • 1960 Unanimous All-America
  • 1959 All-Conference
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