Tuesday, February 22, 2005
One of the greatest punters in NFL history, Roby was a freshman in Hayden Fry's first Hawkeye Football team in 1979, and he went on to become a legend. Hawkeye fans had plenty to cheer about as Fry brought the program back from the dead. One of the enduring memories for anyone cheering for Iowa during those days was the sight and sound of the Kinnick Stadium faithful jumping to their feet to cheer.... a punt. Roby was a critical part of Fry's 1981 team which broke a streak of 20 straight losing seasons and broke the Michigan-Ohio State lock on the Rose Bowl. The team won on the strength of its defense and field position game, and Roby was a big part of that. He went on to a very successful NFL career, primarily with the Miami Dolphins. Roby was 43.
Wow! He was so young. I remember Roby from the Dolphins and what a great punter he was. Sad to hear he's gone so soon.
I have been reading your blog this morning and have enjoyed it. I rarely find anything worth reading while hitting the (next blog) button but sometimes I do find one worth stopping at.
The Hunter Thompson story was interesting. Sounds like he lived a wild life. While many people party with drugs and alchohol in the early years and then move on to more a more tame lifestyle it seems that from what I have read he continued to pursue that kind of life well into his middle years perhaps even longer. I must admit I had never heard of him until he killed himself. I wonder why so many writers are tormented to the point of suicide?