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Robert A. Nash

He emigrated from his native Ireland at the turn of the century and eventually earned 11 letters in four sports at Rutgers. In 1914, "Nasty Bob," as he was called, was selected by Walter Camp to his All-American team. However, it was as a pro player that Nash came into his own. He played in Massillon, Akron and Buffalo before closing out his career in 1925 as captain of the New York Giants. At 6-2, 210, he was a tiger on defense - a player who the great Gressy Neale said was the only man who could stop Jim Thorpe consistently. In 1920 Nash led the Akron Pros to the American Football Association championship - undefeated, although thrice tied. He passed away in 1977 at the age of 84.

Inducted 1977 | Football