Bob St. Clair

  • 5 × Pro Bowl selection (1956, 1958-1961 )
  • 9 × All-Pro selection ( 1953-1956, 1958, 1960-1963 ) 1 2 team
  • NFL 1950s All- Decade Team
  • Back number blocked when the 49ers
  • Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (1991 )
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1990 )

Robert Bruce "Bob" St. Clair ( born February 18, 1931 in San Francisco, California), nicknamed " The Geek " is a former American professional American football player at the position of the offensive tackles. He played for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League ( NFL).

Playing career

College career

Bob St. Clair graduated from the University of San Francisco. There he played as offensive tackle for the football team of the college. Many later professional players like Dick Stanfel or Gino Marchetti played in the team and in 1951 was the team in the season unbeaten. This would normally mean the right to participate in the Orange Bowl. As the leaders of this game insisted that the team from San Francisco without its dark-skinned player must pay, which would have meant also the exclusion of the later member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Ollie Matson, the team decided to refuse to participate in the Bowl game. Immediately after the season, the football team of the college was dissolved and St. Clair moved to the University of Tulsa. For the team of his new college, he was elected league player selection. In his senior year, he earned a degree in management.

Professional career

Bob St. Clair was drafted in 1953 by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round at 32nd place. The 49ers offered St. Clair to an annual income of 5,500 U.S. dollars, after long negotiations, they were willing to increase the salary of U.S. $ 500. Coach of the 49ers was Buck Shaw, of St. Clair in his rookie season in the offense of the team began to protect quarterback YA Tittle and as a blocker of running back Hugh McElhenny. In his first season, St. Clair suffered a fracture of the transverse process, but still ended the season without a game to miss. In 1957 he retired to a more severe injury to the shoulder. Although he was still further in the game after the injury on the court, he had to suspend the subsequent eight games. In the same year St. Clair was able to move his team into the play- offs, where, however, failed due to the Detroit Lions with 31:27. The 1962 season had to end prematurely St. Clair with a tear of the Achilles tendon. Although such breach significantly complicates the continuation of a career, he returned to the playing field, but had to end his career after a further plan of the Achilles tendon in preparation for season 1964.

Bob St. Clair played for eleven years in the NFL. Due to his height St. Clair was not only used in the offense of the team. He also found use time on special teams and the 49ers could block 1956, ten field goals. A title could not win St. Clair during his career.

After playing career

St. Clair was already during his playing career from 1958 to 1961 mayor of Daly City. He worked from 1966 to 1974 in the administration of the San Mateo County and managed a liquor store near San Francisco. Bob St. Clair is married and lives in Santa Rosa.


Bob St. Clair played five times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. He was elected to the All-Pro nine times and is a member of the NFL 1950s All- Decade team in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His shirt number is not assigned when the 49ers. In 2001, the leaders of the city of San Francisco named the playing surface at Kezar Stadium, the former home of the 49ers and the University of San Francisco, according to St. Clair.