Bobby Jack Oliver

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Bobby Jack Oliver
Born:(1936-01-09)January 9, 1936
Abilene, Texas
Died:December 15, 2012(2012-12-15) (aged 76)
Dallas, Texas
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight265 lb (120 kg)
NFL draft1958 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21
Drafted byChicago Cardinals
Career history
As player
19581960Toronto Argonauts
19611963Montreal Alouettes
1964Edmonton Eskimos
1964Hamilton Tiger-Cats
CFL East All-Star1961, 1962
Awards1961 - Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy

Bobby Jack Oliver (January 9, 1936 – December 15, 2012) was an American gridiron football defensive tackle.[1]

Graduating from Baylor University, Oliver was a second round pick of the Chicago Cardinals in the 1958 NFL Draft. He chose to play in the CFL, starting a 3-year stint with the Toronto Argonauts in 1958. He intercepted 2 passes for the Double Blue and in 1961 was traded to the Montreal Alouettes, along with Paul Fedor and linebacker Ron Brewer, for defensive end Doug McNichol and tackle Billy Shipp.[2]

Oliver enjoyed his greatest success as a Lark, being named an all-star in 1961 and 1962, and winning the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the CFL East MVP.[3] He added kicking to his repertoire, scoring 103 points and punting 22 times.

In 1964, he was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he played 2 games; his contract was promptly sold to the Edmonton Eskimos, where he finished the season and his career.

Oliver married Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Trentham on June 4, 1954; settled in Texas, they have two grown children and one deceased.[4]


  1. ^ "Bobby Jack Oliver Sr. Obituary: View Bobby Oliver's Obituary by Dallas Morning News". Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bobby Jack Oliver". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Eastern Grid Honours Grabbed by Alouettes". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. 1961-11-04. Retrieved April 13, 2016 – via Google News.
  4. ^ "Bobby Jack Oliver b. Nov 1936 Abilene, Texas". Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest. Retrieved April 13, 2016.