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"Texas Bob" Smith won NFL title in '53

Updated: January 6, 2005, 2:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Robert "Texas Bob'' Smith, a running back who helped the Detroit Lions win the 1953 NFL championship, died following a brief illness. He was 74.

Smith died Wednesday in Dallas, the Lions said.

Smith, a fullback who played in the Detroit backfield with Hall of Famer Doak Walker, was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War before joining the Lions in 1953. He had been a fourth-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1951 before entering ...

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