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Robert M. Gantt, Jr.
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/14/2005
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As a three-sport star at Duke during the early 1940s, Bob Gantt was featured on the cover of Look magazine in 1942 as "Dixie's finest athlete". He starred in three sports at Duke - football, basketball and track. As a football player, he was named All-America end and place-kicker in 1942. He was All-Southern Conference in 1941 and 1942. And, in 1943, he was voted to the All-Southern Conference basketball squad. Bob, whose father was a great pitcher for Trinity (later Duke), was raised in Durham. During his high school athletic days, Gantt played for a Durham High basketball team that compiled an incredible 70-game winning streak. He was named Durham's "Outstanding Young May of 1043" by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and also served his country with the Navy. After his service duty, he returned to Duke and attained his degree. Entering the 1981 football season, Gantt holds the Duke career records for most consecutive extra points made (by kicking) in one game (eight); most extra points attempted in one season (46); and most extra points made in career (82) and in one season (41). Gantt also played two years of professional basketball for the Washington Caps in 1946 and 1947. He is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

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