All-American: J.D. Roberts

Rufus Alexander

J.D. Roberts, G - 1953
J.D. Roberts earned consensus All-America honors in 1953. An outstanding guard on both sides of the ball, Roberts received the Outland Trophy, given to the top lineman in the country, in 1953. Also during that year, he was named the consensus Lineman of the Year.

He adjusted to the college system quickly and became a starter during his sophomore year. An extremely rugged and aggressive athlete, Roberts was difficult to block, causing havoc for numerous offenses.

The two-time all-conference selection was drafted during the 17th round by the Green Bay Packers in 1954. He went on to coach the New Orleans Saints during 1972-74. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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