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37. Bobby Boyd
As much as football changes, there are some statistics that will always remain critical to the game.  One such stat is the Interception, which is one of the biggest game-changers regardless of era.  In the ’60s, Bobby Boyd was one of the masters of the pick.

Although Bobby Boyd was only in two Pro Bowls (though he was a three-time First Team All-Pro) it is hard to look at his career and really find a down year. In his nine years in the National Football League, Boyd nearly averaged an interception for every two games he played.  Basically, Bobby Boyd could be counted on to turn the tide of a game several times in a season.  As an excellent runner, Boyd was extremely dangerous once he intercepted the ball, and rarely would his picks result in zero yards.

Although he was very good, he is one of many who slipped through the cracks.  He had the misfortune of joining the Colts the year after they won a championship, and though they were good through the ’60s, they never won a title during his tenure.  Had they done so (let’s say Super Bowl III perhaps?) would Boyd have been the recipient of a Hall of Fame legacy?

Should Bobby Boyd be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.9%
No opinion. - 1.1%
No way! - 3.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Garland, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1974
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Games Played: 121
  • Notable Statistics: 57 Interceptions
    994 Interception Return Yards
    4 Interception Return Touchdowns
    12 Fumble Recoveries
    67 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    0.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    21 Punt Returns
    96 Punt Return Yards
    1 Kick Return
    0 Kick Return Yards
    3 Rushing Attempts
    38 Rushing Yards
    0 Pass Completions
    1 Pass Attempt
    111 Approximate Value**

    5 Playoff Games
    2 Interceptions
    26 Interception Return Yards
    1 Rushing Attempt
    -9 Rushing Yards

    *Sacks were unoffiially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
    **Approximate Value was calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960.
  • Played For: Baltimore Colts
  • College: Oklahoma
  • Drafted: 10th Round, 119th Selection in 1960
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NFL 1960’s All-Decade Team
    First Team All-Pro Selection (3) (1964, 1965, & 1968)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (1) (1966)
    Pro Bowl Selections (2) (1964 & 1968)
    Highest Approximate Value (1) (1968)
    Most Interceptions (1) (1965)
    Most Interception Return Yards (1) (1964)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (4) (1964, 1965, 1966 & 1968)
    Top Ten Finishes: Interceptions (7) (1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 & 1968)
    Top Ten Finishes: Interception Return Yards: (5)  (1960, 1962, 1964, 1967 & 1968)
    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recoveries (1) (1962)
    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recovery Yards (1) (1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (1) (1961)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (1) (1961)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (1) (1961)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 10.  Interception Return Yards: 994
    13.  Interceptions: 57

Should Bobby Boyd be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.9%
No opinion. - 1.1%
No way! - 3.4%
Last modified on Saturday, 26 February 2022 02:13


-2 #4 jj 2015-03-01 11:58
ah baldass bobby boyd lol
+1 #3 1971 GHS Owls 2013-07-22 01:28
I am from Garland, Texas and remember the days of Bobby Boyd playing for the Owls. I have several pictures with Bobby as a small child. I remember watching him play in the annual Oklahoma/Tex as Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl when the goalposts were made of wood and traditionall y torn down at the end of the game--not many will remember that. Forget not winning Super Bowl III. Many enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame NEVER won a Super Bowl either--much less play in one. Bobby is a class act, leads the Baltimore Colts in interception s, and made the roster of the Baltimore Colts when the odds were stacked against him. To the voters of the Hall of Fame--he needs and deserves to be enshrined. Thanks so very much Ronnie Watson, 1971 Graduate of Garland High School
-1 #2 kyle hall 2013-07-20 19:58
My dad, Howard Hall, told me stories of his high school friend and fellow garlandite bobby boyd and bobby actually let me try on one of his rings at jaydee wynns wedding...go od times indeed!
+1 #1 kathie carlson 2012-08-04 07:04
Got to love Bobby Boyd!!! The Valles always love a Garland Guy!

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