Bill Tobin (American football)

Bill Tobin
No. 25
Position: RB, FB
Personal information
Date of birth: (1941-02-16) February 16, 1941
Place of birth: Burlington Junction, Missouri
Career information
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 14 / Pick: 189
(By the San Francisco 49ers)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards: 75-271
Receptions-yards: 13-173
Touchdowns: 5
Player stats at

Bill Tobin (born February 16, 1941) is a former professional American football player who played running back for one season for the Houston Oilers. He would later become the general manager of the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts. He also was director of player personnel for the Detroit Lions in 2001.

Tobin attended the University of Missouri, where he played in the Tigersbackfield next to quarterback Jim Johnson.

During his time with the Indianapolis Colts he drafted Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and future Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. He also drafted Ken Dilger, Tarik Glenn and Adam Meadows, who would be cornerstones of the Colts offensive line. He also built a team in Indianapolis with Jim Harbaugh, who in 1995 led the NFL in passing and had a very successful run in the 1995 NFL playoffs, including the first playoff win for the Colts since Super Bowl V, a span of thirty years. He drafted Ray Buchanan and Ashley Ambrose who later started for the Falcons in the Super Bowl.

Tobin was replaced as Colts general manager in 1997 by Bill Polian. Tobin is the brother of former NFL coach Vince Tobin.

Tobin was recently working as a scout for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mel Kiper incident

While general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, Tobin gained some notoriety during the television broadcast of the 1994 NFL Draft after being criticized by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper for picking Nebraska linebacker Trev Alberts with the fifth pick in the draft, instead of Fresno State quarterback Trent Dilfer.

While being interviewed by ESPN later in the broadcast, Tobin famously said "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?!"[1] Tobin later called a press conference where he ranted about Kiper for several minutes, stating that Kiper had been biased against the Colts ever since they moved from Baltimore, Kiper's home.[2]


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