Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bob Peck

Bob Peck

Details

  • Position: Center
  • School: Pittsburgh
  • High School: Lock Haven, PA (Lock Haven HS)Pawling, PA (Pawling Prep)
  • Years: 1913-1916
  • Inducted: 1954
  • Place of Birth: Lock Haven, PA
  • Date of Birth: May 30, 1891
  • Place of Death: Culver, IN
  • Date of Death: Jun 14, 1932
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 179

Member Biography

Bob Peck's voice rose above the din. "When Peck fights, the team fights!", he would yell to his teammates. There was immediate change, for the Panthers would find new spirit within their hearts, new strength in their weary bodies. It was not long before the Pitt cheering section took up the call to arms. "When Peck fights, the team fights!" It became the battle cry. Indeed, Peck was a leader of the Panthers during one of their finest eras. In his sophomore season, the Panthers won eight of nine games. Then Glenn "Pop" Warner took over as head coach and Pitt immediately ran off two unbeaten and untied seasons, going 8-0-0 in 1915 and 8-0-0 once again in 1916, and winning the National Championship in the last of those two campaigns. Peck was the Panther captain that year and repeated as an All-America selection, the first Pitt player to receive such national recognition. He was the roving center, and led the interference for the famous single and double-wing formations Pop Warner was then perfecting. Peck was small, yet outrageously aggressive. After graduation, Peck served as Athletic Director of the Culver Military Academy until his unexpected death in 1932.