Bob Zaavarick

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  • December 18, 2023
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Bob was the holder of 48 individual records at Mt. Carmel High School. Yet, to characterize his career only on the basis of statistics is unfair and does not fully picture what he accomplished in a three-year athletic career at Mt. Carmel High School. If you can believe it, he was an even better player than the statistics indicate.

Yet, some of the stats boggle the mind, He scored 54 touchdowns, and the average length of each touchdown was 32.2 yards. He averaged 9.7 each time he touched the ball in a career that accounted for more than 45000 yards. In 1976 alone, he scored every possible way you could score n football: Rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return, fumble, recovery, interception return, extra point rush, extra point pass, extra point catch, extra point kick, field goal and tackle for safety in end zone.

He holds the MCA record for scoring in basketball and averaged .495 for three years as a starter for the Tornadoes baseball team. He is the only Tornado to have jerseys retired in both football and basketball. He was chosen All State First Team as a defensive back by the Associated Press in 1977. As a defensive starter in the Big 33 game, he was the outstanding player on the field-and then put into the game on offense late in the game is carried once for a 48-yeard touchdown run.

He opted for a career in baseball and accepted grant-in-aid to play baseball at the University of Maryland. Over a four-year period as a starter for the Terps he hit .356.

Categories: 1986 Hall of Fame