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Bob Stransky, Football

  • 1957 All-American and All-Big Seven Conference
  • Second leading rusher in the nation in 1957 with 1,097 yards
  • 1957 Orange Bowl win, CU's first bowl victory
  • CU All-Century football team

Bob Stransky was a Football Writers Association of America/Look, NEA and International News Service All-American halfback as a senior in 1957, when he also earned first-team All-Big Seven accolades ... He was second in the nation in rushing that season, with his 1,097 yards the second most in school history at the time... He had four 100-yards games that year, and three others of 99, 98 and 97 yards ... His 1,868 career yards were the fifth most at the time in CU history, as were his 138 points (21 TDs, 12-22 PATs) and 2,760 all-purpose yards ... His 2,455 yards of total offense were the third most in Buff annals at the time of his graduation... He averaged a healthy 5.7 yards per rush in his career... Also called upon to return kicks, averaging 24.2 yards for 19 career kickoff returns and 9.9 for 37 punt runbacks; he had an 81-yard return for a touchdown against Utah as a sophomore in 1955 ... He had an 80-yard rush for a score at Kansas as a junior the following season, making him one of a handful of players in school history to record two 80-plus plays ... One of CU's top performers in Coach Dal Ward's famous single-wing offense, he also racked up 587 career passing yards and six touchdowns ... He had five interceptions when he played on the defense, returning one for a touchdown ... Played a key role in CU's first-ever bowl win, a 27-21 verdict over Clemson in the '57 Orange Bowl: he had 59 yards on seven carries, but two interceptions on defense, the first he returned 43 yards to the Clemson 10 to set up CU's second touchdown, and the second at the Buffalo 17-yardline to stifle Clemson's last rally with two minutes remaining ... A member of CU's All-Century football team, selected in 1989 to commemorate the school's first 100 years of the sport ... His jersey (#20) was honored in 2005 ... A second round draft pick in the 1958 NFL Draft by Baltimore (23rd overall), he also played one season in the AFL with Denver (1960) ... He went on to become a long-time teacher and coach in the Denver school system.

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