Robert S. Felver, ’52

They called him “the Morrisville Flash.” Bob Felver tore through his two years at Peddie, breaking records, helping his teammates make sports history, and lighting up the school community with his quietly brilliant brand of Peddie pride.

Talk about hitting the ground running! In the first play of his first game on the Peddie gridiron, Bob gathered in the opening kickoff and ran 90 yards to score the first touchdown in Peddie’s legendary undefeated and untied 1950 championship season. His name is etched forever in Peddie lore for dashing over the goal line in the last 40 seconds of the 1950 Lawrenceville game to pull out a miraculous come-from-behind victory — a glorious Peddie football moment remembered simply as “the play” of “the game.”

Starring on both offense and defense as captain of the 1951 football squad, Bob rushed, kicked or caught 71 of Peddie’s total 83 points that season, receiving the coveted Bradley Award for outstanding performance, as well as All-State prep honors at halfback. Peddie Hall of Fame Coach Maurice “Mickey” Shuman remembered “visions of Felver running loosely, carefully, evasively, adding speed, lengthening his stride, and finally, that burst to pay dirt!” Where, oh where, will we find another ‘Golden Bo’ to fill his shoes?”

Bob’s track shoes were equally hard to fill following his spring seasons with another Peddie Hall of Fame Coach, George Weed. He won the state meet in the 100-yard and 220-yard dashes as a junior, and then regularly swept both dashes and the broad jump throughout his senior season, occasionally medalling in the shot put while catching his breath. An injury he suffered while qualifying in the 1952 state meet forced him to pull out of the 200 and the broad jump, but not before he successfully defended his crown in the 100, attaching his name to the state record for that event in the process.

The “Morrisville Flas” still dazzles the crowd with his moves in the annual alumni touch football games on fall homecoming weekends. And as a tireless advocate for his alma mater who has served for years as class agent and reunion chair, he keeps Peddie pride shining as brightly for his classmates as when he first lit up the scoreboard 50 years ago.