Thursday, January 6, 2005
"Texas Bob" Smith won NFL title in '53
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 military service.
The former Texas A&M star was the first player in the Southwest
Conference to run for 1,000 yards in a season.
Smith is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Lu, and two
A memorial service will be held Friday morning at Skillman
Church of Christ in Dallas. A graveside service will be held
Saturday at Houston's Forest Park Cemetery.