Robert H. Farnham, Jr.
Robert H. Farnham, Jr.
Hometown: Andover, MA
Team: Football

Robert H. Farnham, Jr. '77
Hometown: Andover, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1983

Robert H. Farnham, Jr. '77 led the nation in pass receiving as a junior and then sat back and wondered what he could do for an encore. When he did was to add to his impressive statistics in his senior season and firmly established himself as one of the three or four finest receivers in Brown's football history. The book shows that Farnham set six Brown pass receiving records for game, season, and career along with several Ivy marks - including most catches in one game, 14. He also won about every honor that was available - first team All-Ivy twice, first team All-East as selected by the AP and UPI, ECAC All-East, and Associated Press honorable mention All-American. The 5-10, 170-pound Farnham came to Brown from Andover (Mass.) High, where as a senior he caught 59 passes for 1,150 yards in a nine-game schedule. Perhaps the thing that distinguished Farnham from most other receivers was the set of moves he put on the defensive backs. "Bobby had a better understanding of rush defense than most offensive players," Coach Anderson said. Athletic Director John Parry '65, the man who rewrote the Brown and Ivy League pass-receiving records, was one of Farnham's greatest fans. "Bob's secret was that he worked hard away from the play," Parry says. "We averaged 80 plays a year in 1976 and on about 70 of those plays in any given game Farnham was down-field, doing something to make his defender work to cover him. Yet, on only 20 percent of those plays would he be a possible receiver." Quarterback Bob Bateman, the man whose job it was to get the ball to Bob Farnham in 1975, put it this way: "There are really only three things Bob had going for him. First, he was quick. Second, he accelerated well off his cuts. Third, he happened to be born with glue on his fingers." Bob Farnham's contributions to the team weren't just personal. It wasn't only the passes he caught. It was the way Brown's opponents had to readjust their defensive thinking to try to shut him off. This, of course, opened up other things and made Brown a more versatile football team during the Farnham years. Incidentally, the Farnham years included the follow-up exploits of Mark '80 and Paul '83. That's ten straight years of watching the Farnham boys catch the football at Brown. Bob Farnham and his wife, Glorianne, live in North Andover, Mass. Bob is owner and president of Central Liquors, Inc.