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Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby
Reggie Roby

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Reggie Roby      Iowa Wikipedia 

Reggie Roby attended East High School and lived in Waterloo, Iowa. He excelled at football, but was also a standout pitcher on the baseball team, and was drafted by Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds. Instead, he chose to attend college at Iowa with new coach Hayden Fry.

Fry used him as a punter, kick-off specialist, and for long range field goals. Roby set an NCAA season record with a 49.8-yard average. In 1982, he led the nation with a 48.1-yard average. His career average of 45.4 yards ranks among college football's best, and is still a school record. He was also given the kick off duties and routinely kicked the ball through the uprights at Iowa, a total of 26 times. He was 28-34 for PAT's and was 11-27 in FG attempts, mostly from long range. He was named All-Big Ten First Team in 1981 and 1982. He was also named Honorable Mention All-American in 1979, and First Team All-American in 1981 and 1982.

As a professional, Roby was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, and played sixteen seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Redskins, Buccaneers, Oilers and 49ers. He had 992 punts for 42,951 yards for his career, and averaged 43.3 yards per punt, with a net average of 34.0 yards. He had 298 punts beyond the 20-yard line and 112 touchbacks. He was one of only a handful of African American kickers in National Football League history. He was one of the only kickers, to this day, to punt the ball without jumping. His 38.7 net average led the league in 1986, and his 45.7 average yards led the NFL in 1991, and he set a Pro Bowl record with 10 punts in the 1985 game. His 58.5-yard single-game average on September 28, 1986 remains a Dolphin team record. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 3 times (1984, 1989, and 1994). Roby was selected as a punter for the NFL's 1980's All-Decade Team.

In 2005, Roby was found dead from an apparent heart attack in his Nashville home.

Born 7/30/1961 and died on 2/22/2005 at the age of 43.

All Conference: First Team (1981, 1982) All American: First team (1981 and 1982), and Honorable mention (1979) U of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame Drafted Round 6 by Miami Dolphins in 1983 1984, 1989, 1994 



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