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Bob Sykes
No. 39
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1927-03-15)March 15, 1927
Oakland, California
Died: August 4, 2020(2020-08-04) (aged 93)
Laguna Niguel, California
Career information
High school: St. Aloysius (New Orleans, Louisiana)
College: San Jose State
Undrafted: 1952
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 4
Games started: 1
Total yards: 15
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Robert Eugene Sykes (March 15, 1927 – August 4, 2020) was an American football fullback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at San Jose State.

Early life and education

Born in Oakland, California, Sykes graduated from St. Aloysius College (now Brother Martin High School) in New Orleans. After high school, Sykes served in the United States Army Air Forces as a private first class during World War II.

Following his military service, Sykes returned to California to enroll at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he played on the football team in 1948 and 1949. He then transferred to San Jose State College (now University), where he played for the San Jose State Spartans football team in 1950 and 1951.

Pro football career

Undrafted in the 1952 NFL draft, Sykes signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent. In four games with one start at fullback, Sykes had four carries for 10 yards and one reception for five yards.

Post-football life

After retiring from football, Sykes owned a Dodge dealership in Santa Clara, California, Bob Sykes Dodge. Sykes died in Laguna Niguel, California on August 4, 2020 aged 93.

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