There are not too many football players that have had as successful a career as Carl Robert, better known as Rob Adamson. During his playing career from 1998-2002 at Mount Union College, the purple Raiders had three unbeaten campaigns of 14-0, four Ohio Conference titles, three NCAA III National Championships and a 12-1 season. And there are not a lot of quarterbacks that can say that they were unbeaten in every game they started. Rob Adamson's success was predictable. He came from Manchester High School, a program with a winning tradition, playing for Hall of Fame coach, Jim France. As a senior in 1997, Adamson directed the Panthers to 12 straight victories before dropping a heartbreaking five overtime 31-24 loss to Germantown Valley View in Division IV state title game. At Mount Union, Adamson was following in the winning tradition started by quarterback greats Jim Ballard, Bill Borchert and Gary Smeck, all of whom led the Purple Raiders to national titles. In fact, it was Smeck that Adamson played behind his first two seasons of 1998 and '99 while learning Head Coach Larry Kehres' offensive system. Rob was a quick study since he completed 42 of 54 passes for 668 yards and five TDs.
After sitting out the 2000 season to concentrate on his studies, the 6-4, 200 pound Adamson took control to guide the 2001 Mount Union Purple Raiders to an unbeaten 14-0 mark that included a 30-27 win over Bridgewater (VA) for the national championship before a record-breaking crowd of 7,992. In his first collegiate start he connected on 13 of 21 passes for 285 yards and four TDs in a 52-7 trouncing of Allegheny. He would finish the season completing 188 of 296 passes for 3,059 yards and 25 TDs. Other career highlights in 2001 was a 94 yard TD pass play in 47-0 win over Marietta, one yard off the MU record set by Kehres in 1970, and a career high 326 yards passing in the 32-7 win over Augustana in NCAA playoffs.
With the exception of missing three games due to a dislocated finger, Adamson would lead Mount Union to the 2002 national championship, a 48-7 win over Trinity, post a perfect 25-0 record as a starter, a second place finish in NCAA III with a 183.4 passing efficiency and earn All-America Honorable Mention honors. He finished his career with 369 completions in 581 attempts for 6,144 yards and 60 TDs. After college Adamson played briefly with the San Diego Chargers, the Carolina Panthers and one season with the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe.