Bobby Fiveash’s storied career honored by Decatur Co. Sports Hall of Fame

Published 1:15 pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bobby Clyde Fiveash is the fourth inductee into the 2017 Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame.

Fiveash, along with Carole Floyd, Sam Williams and Terralyn Edwards Hall will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this Saturday, March 4, at 6 p.m. at the Kirbo Center.

Fiveash was a well-rounded high school student, lettering in football, track and baseball. In addition to being a star on the football field, he was president of his senior class, involved in Block Letter Club, was on the Purango staff, involved in the Hi-Y Club and played in the band.

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Fiveash was the Bearcats’ football captain in 1948 and 1949. His senior year, he made the All-Region team and made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution First Team All-State. Before graduating in 1949, Fiveash was offered a football scholarship to Florida State.

He captained the FSU football team from 1951-1953, and was the MVP for the Seminoles during that time. It wasn’t long before he was named the Outstanding College Football Player in Florida by the Daytona Bach Quarterback Club’s sportswriters committee.

“A bashful boy from Bainbridge, Georgia, is the state of Florida’s outstanding college football player of 1953,” read an old newspaper article about Fiveash. “Bobby Fiveash, who some of his Florida State University team-mates tell you turns crimson when you ask him the time of day, won the outstanding player honor. He is like those thoroughbreds you read about – the ones that win. He is at his best when that race is on.”

He was on the Florida Times Union All-State College Football Team in 1953, was a Florida State Sportswriters Association Back of the Week and involved in the Shrine North- South College All-Star Football Game in 1953.

After getting drafted by San Francisco, he eventually went on to play in the Canadian Professional Football League from 1953-1957.

He returned to his southern roots to coach Troy State University from 1982-1983, then returned to the CPFL to coach for eight years.

Fiveash was a Canadian Senior Football League National Championship (2nd Place), a Canadian Little League Football Coach for four years, a Canadian Little League League Champions (three years), Canadian Bantam League Football Coach for four years and was a Canadian Bantam League Football- City of Toronto Champion.