Former Dolphins punter Reggie Roby dies at 43
February 22, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) - Reggie Roby, one of the most recognizable punters during his 16 years in the NFL, died of unknown causes Tuesday. He was 43.
According to a release issued by his family, Roby was found this morning by his wife Melissa. After CPR measures were administered at his home, in the ambulance and in the emergency room, he was pronounced dead at Saint Thomas Emergency Department at 8:35 a.m local time.
Roby, a University of Iowa graduate, spent 10 of his seasons with the Miami Dolphins and was known for his abnormal size for a punter - standing 6-3 and weighing 260 pounds. He also wore a watch on the field as he was one of the first to promote the notion of the importance of hang time.
Roby, who also had stints with the Washington Redskins
, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, retired in 2002.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Roby had been serving as marketing and development director for Backfield in Motion, a non-profit organization aimed at helping inner-city youth.
"Reggie was a kind loving, sweet person with a huge heart," Backfield in Motion chief executive officer Michael Brown said. "Underneath that strength of a professional athlete, Reggie was just a kid at heart. Reggie was the ultimate package as far as I was concerned."
Roby was the father of six children.