Bob Mann (American football)
Robert Mann was an American professional football player in the National Football League. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1988. Mann played college football at Hampton Institute in 1942 and 1943 and at the University of Michigan in 1944, 1946 and 1947. He served in the Navy from 1944 until the end of World War II.
About Bob Mann (American football) in brief
Robert Mann was an American professional football player in the National Football League. A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Mann played college football at Hampton Institute in 1942 and 1943 and at the University of Michigan in 1944, 1946 and 1947. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1988 and died on October 21, 2006, at the age of 82. Mann was one of only two African American players on the 1944 Michigan Wolverines football team. Mann served in the Navy from 1944 until the end of World War II, although he was stationed in Staten Island and was not deployed overseas. After his football career, Mann became a lawyer and practiced in Detroit. In 2016, Mann was posthumously inductedinto the Michigan Sports Hall of Hall of Famer in 2016. He was also selected by the Associated Press as a first-team All-Big Nine team for its All-American Football Association of America team in 1948. In February 1948, Mann traveled to New York and met with New York Yankees coach Ray Flaherty. Mann said at the time that he would like to play for the Yankees, but was reluctant to agree to terms as he was expecting to receive interest from several teams. He later played for the GreenBay Packers for parts of five seasons until 1954. Mann broke the color barrier for both teams, playing for both the Detroit Lions and the New York Yanks in the NFL. He also played in the East–West college all-star game at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles in the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Los Angeles Lakers.
He caught touchdown passes in both the 1947 and 1948 All-Star games. He died in 2006, aged 82, and was buried in Detroit, Michigan, where he had lived for more than 50 years with his wife and three children. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son, Robert Mann, Jr., who was a professional football coach. He had a son named Robert Mann III, who played football for the New England Patriots in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and two step-daughters, Barbara and Barbara Mann, who are both former NFL players. Mann also had a daughter, Barbara, who is a former NFL player who played for several teams, including the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers in the early 1990s. She died in 2010. He played for Hampton Institute from 1942 to 1943 and for Michigan from 1944 to 1947. In 1946, he set the Big Ten Conference record for receiving yards in 1946. In 1947, he was also the second-leading scorer on the 1946 Michigan team, trailing only placekicker Jim Brieske. As a senior, Mann started seven games at left end on Crisler’s undefeated 1947 Michigan team. He gained 114 yards on nine end-around runs in 1946, earning him a nickname as the “fifth man” in behind Michigan’s four primary ball-carriers. In 1948, he caught three passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while also gaining 26 yards on two end- Around runs.