Robert A. Seiple
Robert A. Seiple
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Football

Robert A. Seiple '65
Hometown: Providence, RI
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1980

Robert A. Seiple '65 will always be remembered as one of the finest two-way ends in Brown football history. His coach, John J. McLaughry '40, comments: "During my coaching career, I had some ends who were better on offensive, and I might have had one of two who were comparable defensively, but I would have to say that Bob Seiple is by far the finest all-around end I ever coached." Bob Seiple had the stamp of greatness upon him when he came to Brown. While attending Belvidere High in New Jersey, he was president of his class for four years, was captain and an All-State end in football, and was an All-County basketball player. A Dean's List student at Brown, Seiple was All-Ivy and honorable mention All-East in football and was voted the team's most valuable player during his senior season. He played varsity lacrosse, captained the team, and was first team All-New England. Seiple's finest football moment offensively came in his first varsity game when he took a down-the-middle pass from the late Jim Dunda and snake-hipped his way through the secondary for the touchdown that gave Brown a 6-2 victory over Colgate at Hamilton, N.Y. His defensive highlight came in his final game when Brown whitewashed Columbia, 7-0, at the Stadium. Seiple's assignment that day was to live in the Columbia backfield, as close to All-American quarterback Archie Roberts as possible. The mission was accomplished, to the point where the Lion quarterback who had set 33 Ivy and Eastern passing records ended the day with a minus 89 yards rushing and a total offense of only five yards. From 1966 to 1969, Seiple was in the Marine Corps, serving part of the time as a navigator/bombardier aboard an Intruder jet. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and other medals after flying 300 combat missions over Vietnam. Returning to Brown in 1971, Bob Seiple has served as admission officer, athletic director, and now vice president and director of The Campaign. He and his wife, Margaret, have three daughters, Chris, Amy, and Jesse.