PHILADELPHIA - A standout two-way player for the University of Pennsylvania football team from 1940-43 and College Football Hall of Famer, Bob Odell, C'43, passed away on Saturday at the age of 90.
Odell did it all for Penn. He ran, passed, punted, received, returned kickoffs and punts, and played defense. As a senior in 1943, he made four All-America teams, won the Maxwell Trophy, and was runner-up to Angelo Bertelli for the Heisman Trophy. He was then selected in the second round and 15th overall in the 1944 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In his three playing seasons at Penn, the Quakers were a combined 18-6-2 overall. He was captain his senior year and honored with the University's prestigious Class of 1915 Award. Odell went on to coach at Yale, Temple, Wisconsin, Bucknell, Penn and Williams.
Odell was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Bob Odell is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane Davis Odell, of West Chester, Pa., and three children: his son Dr. Robert Harper Odell, Jr. and his wife Suzanne, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two daughters, Nancy Odell McMullen, and her husband Jim, of Berwyn, Pa.; and Cynthia Odell McEtchin, and her husband Douglas, of Pleasanton, Calif.
A memorial service will be held in Philadelphia in early January.