Inducted: June 8, 2000 in Bloomington, IN
Date of Birth: February 15, 1936 in Shelbyville, IN
High School Attended: Bloomington Graduated: 1954
College Attended: Compton Junior College, CA
University of Arizona
College Honors: Played second team at Compton; in 1956, transferred to U of A as a sophomore starter; two-way starter and second leading receiver in Border Conference in 1957; left college and enlisted in Marine Corps, where he played on a National Service Championship Team out of San Diego; named All-Marine team at guard in 1958; named All-Sea Service First Team playing offense and defense 1959.
Professional Athletic Background: In 1959, signed to play with the Chicago Bears, but instead played one more year for service team; in 1960, started in Chicago Bears training camp; traded to Washington Redskins and played for 11/2 years offensive guard and tackle, as well as on special teams; played center in 1961; traded to Detroit Lions after 7 games; played center 1962-1965; won the Runner-Up Bowl with the Detroit Lions; played every offensive down in 1962 and 1963; coach Joe Wilson was quoted as saying, "Bob Whitlow is the best center in football" (1962); in 1966, traded to expansion team Atlanta Falcons and became starting center; was injured and released in 1968, but was picked up by the Cleveland Browns and snapped punts and field goals; injury forced him to retire from football in 1969.
Coaching Experience: Head coach at Madonna College in 1988-1989, posting a 13-17 record.
Family: Children, Michael, Elizabeth, Stephen, and Scott.