Roby Named to American Football Kicking Hall of Fame
Jan. 10, 2013
Augusta, Ga. -- Former Hawkeye All-American punter Reggie Roby will be inducted into the American Football Kicking Hall of Fame.
Prokicker.com and the Augusta Sports Council will induct three outstanding kickers and punters into the Hall of Fame on January 17, 2013.
The 2013 inductees include Fred Mitchell, Dr. Stephen O'Neal and Reggie Roby. They will be honored during the All-Area Football Banquet presented by the Augusta Sports Council and The Augusta Chronicle, on January 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Augusta, Georgia. Also honored during the banquet will be 2012 Ray Guy Award winner Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech and members of The Augusta Chronicle's 2012 All-Area Football Teams.
Reginald "Reggie" Roby (1961-2005) excelled in both football and baseball while growing up in Waterloo, Iowa. He played both sports while attending Waterloo East High School and was later drafted by the Cincinnati Reds as a pitcher but instead he chose to attend the University of Iowa and play football where he would later become an All-American punter. In 1981, Roby set a record for average punting distance with 49.8 yards, helping lead Iowa to its first winning season in 20 years, and a share of the Big Ten Championship.
After college, Roby was a sixth-round pick in 1983 by the Miami Dolphins, where he played until 1992. During the 1980's he was selected as punter for the NFL's All-Decade Team and attended three Pro Bowls. After playing for the Miami Dolphins, Roby continued his career with the Washington Redskins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was with the Oilers for their final season in Houston and their first in Tennessee, and then wrapped up his career in 1999 in San Francisco.
Before his death in 2005, Roby was the marketing development director for Backfield in Motion, a non-profit organization that combines athletics and academics to inspire inner-city boys to reach their maximum potential and become significant contributors to society.
"These men epitomize what the American Football Kicking Hall of Fame is all about," says Rick Sang, executive director of ProKicker.com. "Their contributions have impacted the game tremendously and with their induction, they will continue to do so for years to come."
The American Football Kicking Hall of Fame was created in 2008 to recognize the individuals who excelled as kickers, to educate the public on the historic contributions of the kicking game, promote the advancement of kickers as strategic playmakers, and provide an arena to honor the players who put the "special" in special teams. The Hall of Fame features two categories - athletes and contributors. Contributors can be a coach or any other individual who has greatly contributed to the success of kicking in American football.
Augusta Sports Council