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Robert (Bobby) Gilchrist Douglass

 

 

Robert Gilchrist Douglass (born June 22, 1947 in Manhattan, Kansas) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL, who played most of his career with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft. During his career, he also played for the San Diego Chargers, the New Orleans Saints, the Oakland Raiders, and Green Bay Packers. Douglass retired after the 1979 season, after playing 11 seasons in the NFL. He attended the University of Kansas.

In 1972, Douglass set the record for most rushing yards by a QB in one season. The record stood for 34 years. In a 14-game 1972 season, he ran for 968 yards and 8 touchdowns on 141 carries. Four QBs since (three in the CFL, one in the NFL) have since ran for over 1,000 yards.

In five seasons from 1971-1975, Douglass played in 47 games and amassed 2,040 rushing yards. During that span, he averaged 43.4 rushing yards per game played--the second highest rushing yards per game average over a five-season span for a QB. Randall Cunningham ranks first with 43.5 yds/g over a five-season span from 1986-1990).

However, Douglass had little success as a passer, going 507-for-1178 for 36 touchdowns and 64 interceptions with a quarterback passer rating of only 48.5 during his 11-season NFL career.

Douglass was married to former Playboy model Carol O'Neal.

Douglass was arrested on charges of trespassing on April 13, 2011.

 

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