One of the greatest football players of the 1940s, Bob Odell received the Maxwell Award in 1943, and finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, the closest a Pennsylvania player has ever come to winning the award for a former Pennsylvania coach.
Odell, who captained the team as a senior, played on teams which had a combined 18-6-1 record, and was an All-American halfback as a senior. His teammates voted him the Edgar Church Award as the senior who contributed the most to Pennsylvania football, and he was the recipient of the Class of 1915 Award, bestowed annually on “that member of the senior class who most closely approaches the ideal University of Pennsylvania student-athlete.”
He returned to Pennsylvania as a head football coach for six seasons (1965-70), and also coached at Bucknell and Williams. In 1992, he became the 20th former Pennsylvania football player to be inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.