Bobby Duhon – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
After starring in four sports in high school in Abbeville, La., Bobby Duhon attended Tulane and became a standout in football and baseball. The first player to post 1,000 total yards in three consecutive seasons, he eclipsed a pair of former All-Americans’ records to become Tulane’s single-season and career record-holder for total offense.
In 1966, he earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America recognition after being the second-leading ground-gainer in the South and registering the second-most rushing yards of any quarterback in the nation.
In baseball, he batted .329 as Tulane’s everyday first baseman as a freshman before switching to pitcher as a sophomore and leading the Greenies with a 2.82 earned-run average.
“One of my biggest thrills at Tulane was whenever we played LSU,” Duhon said. “I was a freshman when the (football) team got beat 62-0, and that was like having salt rubbed in your wounds. Baseball was my way of getting even. I pitched a shutout against LSU one year, and that was a big thrill for me.”
After his sophomore season, he opted to focus on football for his final two seasons at Tulane.
Following his Tulane career, he played in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game and the Senior Bowl and was named “Cajun of the Year” by his hometown, which honored him with “Bobby Duhon Day” on March 2, 1968.
Duhon was selected in the third round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and was converted to running back. He ran for 363 yards and three touchdowns while catching 37 passes for 373 yards and another score as a rookie in 1968. Despite battling injuries (he missed the entire 1969 season), he added 344 rushing yards and 266 receiving yards in 1971. However, knee injuries forced him into retirement after the 1972 season. He played in 44 career games with 1,557 all-purpose yards (840 rushing, 717 receiving) and five touchdowns (four rushing).
Following his playing career, Duhon stayed in New York where he worked on Wall Street for over 30 years. He then moved to Atlanta and formed his own money management company, Peachtree Advisors.
In 2015, Duhon, who had left school for the pros one class short of his degree, returned to New Orleans to complete his degree.
“I just tell people that I”m a slow learner,” said Duhon. “But 47 years later, I decided to come back and finish.”
Born September 24, 1946, he was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980.
“I still communicate with my teammates like it was yesterday,” said Duhon. “I had a wonderful experience at Tulane, and it was very exciting to go from my little hometown of Abbeville to the Big Easy.”