Bob Bruggers

Bob Bruggers
Date of birth (1944-04-20) April 20, 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Career information
Career history
As player
1966-1968Miami Dolphins

San Diego Chargers

Professional wrestling career
Birth nameRobert Eugene Bruggers
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Ring name(s)Bob Bruggers
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight242 lb (110 kg)
Trained by Verne Gagne
Billy Robinson
RetiredOctober 1975


Robert “Bob” Eugene Bruggers (given birth to Apr 20, 1944) can be an American retired American soccer participant and professional wrestler. Bruggers performed being a linebacker for five periods for the Miami Dolphins and NORTH PARK Chargers in the American Soccer Group (AFL) and Country wide Football Group (NFL).

Early life

Bruggers was created on Apr 20, 1944 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was an extremely decorated basketball participant in senior high school. After graduating senior high school, he went to the School of Minnesota, where he was a collegiate golf ball participant before refocusing on American soccer.

Football career

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Professional wrestling career

After his football career finished, Brugger was introduced to professional wrestling by Wahoo McDaniel, a fellow former Miami Dolphin. Bruggers was qualified as a specialist wrestler by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson, producing his debut in 1972 for Gagne's Minneapolis, Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association. In 1973, he started wrestling for Tournament Wrestling from Florida. In Sept 1973, he produced a short tour of Japan with International Wrestling Business.In past due 1973, Bruggers began wrestling for Mid-Atlantic Tournament Wrestling. In March 1974, he started teaming with Paul Jones, and on Apr 8, 1974, they defeated The Andersons to earn the NWA Mid-Atlantic Label Team Tournament. Bruggers and Jones kept the tournament until July 4, 1974, if they had been defeated by Rick Flair and Rip Hawk.Bruggers' career found abrupt end on Oct 4, 1975. With Bruggers having to drive from his house in Kingstree, SC to Wilmington, NEW YORK for a meeting, promoter Jim Crockett Jr., who was simply sick with influenza, asked him to rather take his put on a Cessna 310 that he previously chartered. Bruggers took a chair on the aircraft along with Crockett's sibling David and fellow wrestlers Ric Flair, Johnny Valentine, and Tim Woods. Soon before achieving its destination, the aircraft went out of gas and crashed. The pilot, Mike Farkas, suffered ultimately fatal accidental injuries and everything five passengers had been hurt, with Bruggers struggling vertebral fractures and a damaged ankle joint. After having metal rods put into his spine, Bruggers could go out of medical center three weeks following the crash, but didn't go back to wrestling.


Following a end of his professional wrestling job, Bruggers relocated to West Hand Beach front, Florida, where in 1978 he opened up a club using an insurance settlement he previously received following the crash.

In wrestling

Finishing moves Soccer tackle

Championships and accomplishments

Mid-Atlantic Tournament Wrestling NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Group Championship (one time) - with Paul Jones

See also

Professional wrestling portal