U of M Legend Bob McNamara Passes Away


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The University of Minnesota lost a legendary athlete and fundraiser on Sunday evening. Bob McNamara passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 82.

McNamara was a multi-sport athlete at the University playing both football and basketball. McNamara lettered in football for four years and on the men’s basketball team for one year. McNamara was an All-American half-back in 1954 and was All-Big Ten in 1952 and 1954.

McNamara went on to a professional football career playing two years in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and then two seasons with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League.

A press release from the University of Minnesota highlights all of the fundraising efforts of McNamara who was very influential in the building of TCF Bank Stadium, Baseline Tennis Center and Siebert Field.

The McNamara Academic Center on campus is named after Bob and his brother Richard ‘Pinky’ who also played on the Gophers Football team.