Rodd R. Torbert '92
Hometown: Newark, OH
Year Inducted: 2000
Other Sports Played: Basketball
A standout wide receiver for the Bears from 1988-1991, Rodd Torbert was a fixture in the Brown offense throughout his career. Standing in at 6-3, Torbert was a big target to throw to, and he always delivered. When he left Brown in 1992, Torbert had his place in Brown football history, not to mention the record books. Coming to College Hill from Newark, Ohio, Torbert's freshman season was successful. He led the freshman team with 10 receptions for 216 yards. He jumped onto the varsity scene as a sophomore, hauling in 24 passes for 200 yards. While Torbert's sophomore year was a success, it was only a mere preview of what was to come as a junior. He set Brown single season records with 67 catches and 907 yards receiving, while scoring 6 touchdowns. Torbert had 6.7 receptions and 90.80 receiving yards per game, ranking him fourth and ninth in the nation, respectively. All this was good enough to earn First Team All-Ivy honors. As a senior, Rodd was well on his way to breaking the records he had set the previous year before a leg injury ended his season and career on College Hill. At the time of his injury, he had 36 receptions for 543 yards. In fact, he caught three passes for 43 yards that day, not knowing how serious his injury was. That type of determination and leadership earned him the respect of teammates and coaches everywhere. Although he only played half the season, he was still selected as a Second Team All-Ivy performer in his senior year. Torbert was also much more than a football player at Brown. He was a standout in the classroom as well. A Business Economics concentrator, Rodd was awarded the Class of 1910 Football Award in 1991, given to "the senior with the highest scholastic standing." He was also selected as a 1991 CoSIDA District I Academic All-American. Providence Journal columnist Bill Reynolds referred to the football star, who also played varsity basketball at Brown, as "everything that's good about sports." After serving as an officer in the United States Army for six years, Torbert was honorably discharged as a Captain, and is currently an independent sales representative for Jostens, Inc. He makes his home in Avon, Ohio, with his wife Kristin and his two sons, Zackary, 3, and Max, 6 months.