Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bob Ward

Bob Ward

Details

  • Position: Guard
  • School: Maryland
  • High School: Elizabeth, NJ (Jefferson HS)
  • Years: 1948-1951
  • Inducted: 1980
  • Place of Birth: Elizabeth, NJ
  • Date of Birth: Sep 16, 1927
  • Place of Death: Annapolis, MD
  • Date of Death: Apr 29, 2005
  • Jersey Number: 28
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

Bob Ward became Maryland's first All-America player in 1950 as a middle guard on defense. He displayed his tremendous versatility the next season, being named All- America again in 1951 as an offensive guard. He helped spark Jim Tatum's Terrapins to a perfect 10-0 season and the National Championship in 1951, climaxed by a 28-13 conquest of Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl. Tatum called Bob Ward "the greatest football player I've seen ounce-for-ounce, and the best I've ever coached." Despite his two-time All- America acclaim, he cherished another honor even more; he was voted the Terps Most Valuable Player four straight years. Ward served as assistant football coach at Maryland, Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Army and head coach at Maryland 1967-68. When he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980, the ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria was witnessed by 12 of Ward's relatives, 16 former teammates, and his 84-year-old father. His jersey number, 28, was the first to be retired by Maryland.