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Robert Paul

Soccer (Inducted: 1977-78)

Robert Paul

Bob Paul's contribution to Lafayette athletics goes beyond his outstanding performances on the soccer field. As captain of the 1922 Leopard soccer team, Paul was named to the first-team All-Pennsylvania and All-America squads, allowing just three goals during the entire season.

After graduation, Paul played for the Germantown Cricket Club soccer team for one season, allowing just one goal in 10 games. He attracted the attention of the Philadelphia Professional Soccer Club, and in 1925, he became the first college player in the country to play in the major American Soccer League. When he came to Lafayette in the fall of 1918, he became the correspondent at the College for Lafayette sports for newspapers in three metropolitan cities, earning as much as $500 a month for his services.

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