Bob RoeslerSportswriter, 1949-95
A fixture on the New Orleans sports scene for more than 40 years, Bob Roesler began work for the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s sports department in 1949 after serving in the United States Navy. After being called to active duty during the Korean War as a reservist, Roesler had a reputation as one of the nation’s leading sports writers.
In 1964, Roesler was named sports editor of the Times-Picayune and was elevated to the position of executive sports editor in 1980. During his tenure with the paper, he excelled in shaping local sporting events by working on all New Orleans Super Bowl Task Force Committees, as president of the Professional Football Writer’s Associations and as chairman of the Sugar Bowl Sports Selection and Hall of Fame committees. He was a key part of the process to bring the first Super Bowl to the city in 1970.
After retirement from the Times-Picayune, he became a civilian volunteer for the U.S. Navy recruiting division and regularly taught a course in media relations to Navy personnel at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. He also continued his involvement with city and state officials to bring major sporting events to New Orleans.
The “Bob Roesler Award” is presented annually by the New Orleans Touchdown Club for excellence in media covering the New Orleans sports scene.