|Born:||March 15, 1941|
Long Beach, California
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||252 lb (114 kg)|
|High school:||San Pedro (CA)|
|College:||West Texas A&M|
|NFL Draft:||1963 / Round: 6 / Pick: 82|
|AFL draft:||1963 / Round: 11 / Pick: 82|
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Robert Earl "Bob" Petrich (born March 15, 1941) is a former professional American football defensive end in the American Football League.
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