Robert Torrey

Robert Torrey

Image from Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1878-07-12)July 12, 1878
Died January 12, 1941(1941-01-12) (aged 62)
Playing career
19031905 Penn
Position(s) Center, Tackle, End
Accomplishments and honors
First-team All-American, 1905
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1971 (profile)

Robert Grant Torrey (July 12, 1878 January 12, 1941) was an American football player and coach. He played center and was selected as the captain of the University of Pennsylvania's unbeaten teams of 1904 and 1905 and was selected as a first-team All-American in 1905.


Torrey was from Montclair, New Jersey. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1902 and played four years of varsity football. As a freshman in 1902, he played at the tackle position, but he was moved to end in 1903. He played center and was selected as the captain of the University of Pennsylvania's unbeaten teams of 1904 and 1905.[1][2][3] He was selected by his teammates as the captain of the 1905 Penn football team and was selected by Walter Camp and Caspar Whitney as a first-team All-American that year.[4][5] In April 1907, Torrey was hired as the field coach for Penn's football team.[6] After retiring from football, Torrey was a medical doctor and became the head of the medical board at Philadelphia's General Hospital. He died in 1941.[7]


  1. "Pennsylvania's New Captain: Torrey Elected to Lead Quaker Eleven". Boston Evening Transcript. 1903-11-28.
  2. "Preparing for Gridiron Sport". The Pittsburgh Press. 1904-07-14.
  3. "Torrey, Penn's New Football Captain". The New York Times. 1905-10-10.
  4. "All-American Eleven: Walter Camp Selects the Best Football Team; West Figures Prominently". The Washington Post. 1905-12-20.
  5. "Timely Sport Gossip from Ring and Field". Anaconda Standard. 1905-12-27.
  6. "Torrey Penn's Football Coach". The New York Times. 1907-04-11.
  7. "'BOB' TORREY DEAD; EX-PENN ATHLETE; Philadelphia Physician Was Captain of the Unbeaten Football Teams, 1904-05; ON CAMP'S ALL-AMERICAN; Head of Medical Board of the General Hospital-Was Officer in World War". The New York Times. 1941-01-12.
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