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Robert 'Texas Bob' Smith, Running Back on Lions' 1953 Title Team, Dies at 74

The Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Jan 6, 2005 ? Robert "Texas Bob" Smith, a running back who helped the Detroit Lions win the 1953 NFL championship, died following a brief illness. He was 74.

Smith died Wednesday in Dallas, the Lions said.

Smith, a fullback who played in the Detroit backfield with Hall of Famer Doak Walker, was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War before joining the Lions in 1953. He had been a fourth-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1951 before entering military service.

The former Texas A&M star was the first player in the Southwest Conference to run for 1,000 yards in a season.

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Smith is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Lu, and two sons.

January 6th, 2005, 2:37 pm
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:cry: Too bad. I never even heard of him . He sure isn't on the DetLions official website that I can find. What were his stats.

Rest in Peace Texas Bob

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January 6th, 2005, 2:46 pm
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January 7th, 2005, 9:54 am
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