C.R. Roberts served as a Transportation Venue Assistant Manager during the 1984 Los Angeles, Olympics.
Traffic congestion around the Coliseum during the Olympics was eliminated and transportation for our Olympians, Newsmen, and Celebrities to and from the Coliseum was wonderful, thanks to the Olympic Transportation Venue Staff and Roberts.
C. R. loves teaching school, volunteers with the Golf Tournament Committee of the Community Family Guidance Center of Cerritos, owns his own travel agency, was invited to Washington D.C. as a member of the President's Inner Circle in 1989, is a member of the Sycamore Village Homeowners Association in Norwalk, California, loves sports, dancing, traveling, and is a Pisces.
Elected Vice President of the Retired NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) in 2001 and championed the cause (Leader) of the NFLPA until a new president was chosen in 2003. President and Vice Presidents of the NFLPA are limited to two-year terms.
A University of Southern California graduate who’s fight with racism has taken him to the Halls of Congress.
CR recruits and motivates impacted students to attend college. In 1989, he was Invited to Washington D.C. as a member of President Reagan’s Inner Circle, and later for Bill Clinton’s Grass Roots Initiative.
CR’s past affiliation with Goals for Life and the Sportsman’s Jr. Golf Assoc. may impact the lives of the troubled youth of America now and in the years to come.
Go south of the border and learn to properly speak and write the Spanish Language. The former teacher is representing Cuauhnahuac Language Institute of Curernavaca, Morelos, Mexico in the US. The Language Institute of Curernavaca is located near Mexico City. CR will personally register your for Classes, Tours and Shopping, South of the Border. Childcare is also available.
During the 1950's
Graduated in the upper 1/8th of his class, from Oceanside Carlsbad Union High School in Oceanside California, near San Diego. Became President of his Sunday School class at Walker Chapel AME Church, established by the Late Reverend Jessie Browne. C.R. still holds the record of most touchdowns scored in San Diego County. He scored 395 points and threw for 14 more in his high school football career, he also ran the sprints and long jumped for the varsity track team.
Before C.R. graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration in 1960, he set a record that stood for over 23 years as the most yardage gained in a football game at USC. This was done in the remarkable time of only 12 minutes of playing time. C.R. was also a standout in track and field. He long jumped 24 feet 3 1/2 inches to beat Rafer Johnson the Great Olympic Champ in the 1953 SC/UCLA track meet at the Coliseum. While at USC he became active in student government. As President of his Fraternity, he was instrumental in getting legislation passed which included the Student Senate allowing women to become cheerleaders on SC's, once all male cheerleading team. He was also a member of the Campus Wesley Club, joined the University Methodist Church, and Integrated the all white Fraternities and Sororities on USC's famed Fraternity Row.
C.R. and his teammates refused to live in separate quarters or play football in a segregated University of Texas Stadium in Austin Texas in 1956. This boycott led to the integration of black athletes into the Southwest Football Conference and black spectators being permitted to attend football games at the University of Texas Stadium in Austin.
During the 1960's
After college, C.R. played Professional Football with the San Francisco Forty-Niners. While in the Bay Area he became the first black Loan Officer Trainee for the then, segregated Bank of America. He remembers sitting alone on the Loan Officers Platform in the Oakland Main Branch of the Bank of America when President Kennedy was killed. He had the unenviable task of passing on the bad news to his coworkers.
After helping to integrate the Berkeley Board of Realtors as a Real Estate Salesman for the Leonard Wallace Co, C.R. returned to Los Angeles and a few more civil rights activities. On the corner of Avalon and Artesia Boulevards, then an unincorporated area, another civil rights battle was fought. Picketing and Sit-ins were staged at a new housing development called Centerview Estates because blacks could not purchase homes there. The protestors had their way and blacks were permitted to buy homes in an upscale area later to become known as the Carson and Dominquez Hills area. CR joined First United Methodist Church under then the Paster Revern Isabell and became president of the Centerview Democratic Club in Carson, California.
During the 1970's
As a member of Compton First Church, before it moved to its present location on Long Beach Boulevard, C.R. was still active in community affairs. As a member of the Centerview Democratic Club he helped to incorporate the city of Carson. Gilbert Smith, the first black mayor of Carson, was sponsored by the Centerview Democratic Club. The Centerview Democratic Club was instrumental in getting the State College system Trustees to change their minds and relocate the new college they were building. Instead of placing the new college in Palos Verdes as originally planned, the new college was built in the City of Carson and renamed Dominguez Hills College as to be more accessible to students from middle and lower income families.
After being instrumental in the movement to build a new college to serve the minority community. C.R. now turned his head toward national politics and presidential elections. The home of the President of the Centerview Democratic Club is one of the few homes personally visited by a then young presidential candidate named Jimmy Carter when he launched his campaign. CR joined Compton First United Methodist Church, the oldest church in Compton. The church was then under Pastor Reverned Isabell. Who pushed for the integration of its congregation. Thus CR left the African Methodist Espiscopal church and joined the integrated United Methodist Church in the community of Compton..
During the 1980's
C.R. continued to be active in Compton First. He became Lay Leader, and later President of Compton First United Methodist Men, but still prefers to teach in the High Schools. C.R. holds seven teaching credentials including the Standard Designated Service Credential, K through 14 which qualifies him to be superintendent in any public school district in the State of California.
After studying Spanish in Spain and Mexico, C.R. became the Southern California representative of a language institute in Mexico. Today C.R. teaches school, in Hawthorne High School, tends his small business, and is actively working for the good of Christians & Minorities in the community.
During the 1990's
Today C.R. is a member of Compton First United Methodist Men, a member of the District Lay Speaking Committee, and is a Certified Lay Speaker. He is also on the Board of Governors of the University of Southern California, a member of the SC Black Alumni Association and Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Retired Players Association. In addition to Teaching, dispatching busses for school & the 1984 Olympic Athletes.
Posses seven relevant teaching or administrative credentials teamed with professional motivation toward achieving goals within the educational structure while providing the highest quality of service to students in the Centinella Valley Union High School District.
Studied Spanish in Spain and Mexico.
Masters Degree in Educational Administration from California State University at Long Beach in 1972. Have completed extensive Post Graduate Courses.
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Business Education from the University of Southern California in 1960.
From 1970 to present, representing Cuauhnahuac, a foreign Language Institute in Cuernavaca Morelos Mexico just one and a half hours south of Mexico City, Sole Proprietor of Personal Tours International, a travel consultant business and ROBCO ENTERPRISES, a financial consulting and tax business.
Coaching and teaching in a least three comprehensive high schools in Southern California from 1988 to the present time.
Introduced the use of calculating Machines into the Math Program at a High School of over 1800 students. Past sponsor of Salesmanship, Business Law and California Business Educational Associations Clubs at Lawndale High School.
Started at USC in my freshman year, Secretary of the Interfraternity Council at USC, President of my Fraternity in Sophomore year, One of the founders of Ebonics support group, presently Support many USC Alumni causes.
USC track Sprinter and Long Jumper, 1954 & 1955, (24 feet, 3 1/2 inches).
USC Football, 1954 © 1956, All American, held the most yardage gained record for 20 years, played for the SF 49ers Pro Football Team 1959 to 1964.
Just look in the 1993 Football Media Guide, picturing John Robinson, Tony Boselli, Willie McGinest and Johnny Morton drawn on the front cover in charcoal.
C.R. was drafted in the 14th round by the NY Giants, before he graduated.
Football Players could not play for a Professional Team until after their class had graduated in 1957.
CR's name appears on the roster of USC players who played first string in the NFL and lists the years they played.
USC Statistical Champions, ranked in how many yards they gained divided by the amount of times they carried the ball.
In total individual total offense including rushing C.R. is listed at the top.
In the All Time individual records CR is still 38th but he has the highest yards gained average of 6.49.
Only one player ever had a higher yards average in the All Time Individual Records than CR.
CR was the Annual Kickoff Return Leader for the year 1956 including a 96 yards return against Washington State.
CR was the Annual Total Offense Leader in 1956.
In 1956 CR was the Annual Individual Rushing Leader, including bowl games.
CR is listed in the All Time Letter winners, winning a free ticket to USC Football Games for life.
CR was one of only two USC players selected on the All Conference Selections in 1956.
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In 1955 and 1956, CR scored in each game while USC was beating Notre Dame 42 to 20 and 28 to 20, respectively.
In 1956 CR threw the only touchdown pass in the game that beat UCLA 10 to7 and was named the Player of the Game.
In 1956 C.R. Roberts broke the football color barrier in Texas college football when the University of Southern California played the University of Texas Longhorns of the Southeast Football Conference deep in the heart of Texas.
C. R. continues to break barriers and fight injustice. By the way USC beat Texas 42-20 and C. R. gained 251 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in just 12 minutes of play.
Cornelius R. Roberts
Weight: 202 lbs.
Born: February 29, 1936
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
High School: Carlsbad (CA)
College: University of Southern California
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In 1999 Sports Writers chose C.R. as the best Athlete to ever play football in San Diego County
More on C.R. Roberts
C. R. Roberts played High School football at Oceanside Carlsbad, High School from 1950 to 1954. He is most likely to have scored more points in high school football in three years, than any other football player in the history of San Diego County.
C.R. averaged four or more touchdowns per game in his junior and senior years, and scored six TD's against Coronado High School in San Diego before the coach took him out.
As a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, he took his Boy Scout Troop #117 to the Boy Scout World Jamboree in Irvine California, in the 50's.
CR, Played Varsity Football & ran Track at the University of Southern California for two years. Although his team was ineligible to go to the Rose Bowl because of the Pacific Coast Conference Scandals, his team beat the team that went.
C.R. Long jumped over 24 feet in track, and gained more than 250 yards in twelve minutes of playing time, against Texas.
This "yardage gained" record stood at USC for over 20 years, even O.J. Simpson, the Heisman Trophy winner did not brake CR's record, which was set against the University of Texas, in Austin Texas, fall of 1956.
Although drafted by the New York Giants, and traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, C.R. preferred to play for the San Francisco 49ers, the Goliaths of the Golden Gate.
C.R. was a member of the San Francisco Forty Niners, shotgun, offense, and a member of the famed 49er "Alphabet" backfield.
Those who remember the alphabet backfield, remember Y.A. "The Bald Eagle" Title, R.C. "Ally Oop" Owens, J.D. "Dukey" Smith, and C.R. "IQ" Roberts, a very popular Trivia question in the early 60's.