Robert “Bob” Rose (7 August 1928 – 7 July 2003) was one of the greats of Australian Rules football. He was regarded as the best rover of all time and was a coach for the VFL. He debuted as a player in 1946 and was an all-round sportsman. Rose is known to be the greatest player to ever play for Collingwood from 1946 to 1955. He became a coach for his club from 1964 to 1971 and 1985 to 1986 and Footscray from 1972 to 1975.
Greatest Sporting Achievements
Bob Rose has had many achievements during his football career including, Sports Life Team of The Year from 1951 to 1954, Runner-up of the Brownlow Medal in 1953 and All-Australian in 1953. Several club achievements of his were the Collingwood best and fairest in 1949, 1951 until 1953, Collingwood leading goal-kicker in 1953 and Collingwood Team of the Century. Rose was also awarded with the AFLPA Award for Most Courageous Player and was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
Why Was He So Good?
Bob Rose was a battler had an ambition, determination, courage and dignity. He was dominant, fast, well-balanced and highly skilled with a superb drop kick. Rose had brilliant ball skills, a tough player on the field, seen as an inspiring leader and admired sense of fair play.
What You May Not Know
- Bob Rose’s family consisted of sportsmen and women.
- At first, he wanted a career path of a professional boxer but decided to play football.
- His wife Elise was a singer but gave up a promising singing career.
- They have sons, Robert and Peter who one is a champion sportsman and is on the peak of his career while the other is a famous poet and writer.
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