All-everything Bobby Moss passes away
HUNTINGTON - Robert “Bobby” Moss, a Huntington native who is in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, passed away Thursday in Pensacola, Florida.
Gary Bunn of Huntington, a former WVU football teammate, relayed the news to WVU’s athletic website www.wvusports.com.
“He was just a special guy,” said former WVU quarterback Fred Wyant. “We were roommates for four years and he was not only a great player, but he was a good student, too. It was a different time back then. When the game was over everybody went their separate ways.”
Moss was a member of the greatest recruiting class in WVU history collected by coach Art “Pappy” Lewis in 1952 that included Pro Football Hall of Famer Sam Huff, NFL all-pros Bruce Bosley and Joe Marconi, and Wyant.
He joined Wyant, Marconi and Tommy Allman in a Split-T backfield that helped the Mountaineers reach the 1954 Sugar Bowl, the school’s first major bowl game appearance.
“Bobby Moss was all-everything when he played at Huntington East (High School),” Wyant said. “He was the biggest name in our recruiting class coming out of high school.”
Moss had his finest college season in 1955 when he rushed for a Southern Conference-best 807 yards and led the nation with a school-record average of 8.2 yards per carry, a mark that still exists. He was an All-Southern Conference performer in 1955 and and played in three all-star games following his senior season, including the Senior Bowl.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he was selected in the fourth round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Rams but instead of playing professional football he chose a career in the military. Moss joined the Navy’s flight training program in 1957 and spent 26 years as an officer, later serving in Vietnam. He retired as a commander in 1983 in Pensacola, where he continued to reside.
Wyant said funeral arrangements for Moss were incomplete.