Ex-USC Footballer Bob Hoffman Dies

April 15, 2005

Bob Hoffman, an All-Conference back on USC's 1939 national championship football team who later played with the Los Angeles Rams, died on Wednesday (April 13) in Bakersfield, Calif. He was 87.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday (April 16) at 3 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 705 South 10th St., Taft. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hoffmann Hospice, 5300 California Ave. #1, Bakersfield 93309.

Hoffman, a 3-year (1937-39) letterman at Troy, was USC's top receiver in 1938 and played in the College All-Star Game in 1939. USC went 9-2 in 1938 and beat undefeated, unscored upon Duke in the Rose Bowl. Then, in 1939, the Trojans went 8-0-2 and defeated unbeaten Tennessee in the Rose Bowl.

Hoffman then was a ninth round NFL draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 1940, playing there for 2 seasons (1940-41), then with the Los Angeles Rams for 3 years (1946-48) and the Los Angeles Dons for a season (1949).

He was an assistant football coach at USC in 1942.

After his playing days, he became a teacher and the head football coach at Taft Junior College until retiring in 1980. His 1955 team was named the junior college national champion.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, sons Marc, Kyle and Joel, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, as well as his sister, Agnes Lamar.

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