Bob Yates, the only Vermont native to play in a regular-season National Football League game and a member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, passed away at his residence in Spring Branch, Texas, on Tuesday (April 16).
Born in Montpelier on Nov. 20, 1938, Yates was a standout student-athlete at Montpelier High School.
Yates attended Syracuse University and played on the football team. He was a member of the undefeated Big Orange national championship team in 1958. He was named first-team All-American and was later honored as one of the "Forty Four Players of the Century" at Syracuse.
After he graduated from Syracuse, Yates joined the Boston (now New England) Patriots, playing from 1960 to 1965 as an offensive lineman and kicker.
Yates coached and taught for 34 years at colleges and high school in Massachusetts and Vermont, including Burlington High School.
In November, Yates became a member of the inaugural class of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.
Courtesy: VT Sports Hall of Fame
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