December 19, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 35

Walk-on Bob Picard helped pave the NFL road at Eastern

Crunch Time

Long before the Brandon Kaufman's, Greg Herd's, Nicholas Edwards – and now, Cooper Kupp – were making headlines and baffling defenders catching footballs at Eastern Washington, there was Bob Picard.

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Over 40 years ago now, it was Picard who set the table for a legion of Eastern Eagles to move on from that little school in Cheney into professional football.

He's one of just two players in over 105 years of Eastern football to have their number – his being 84 – retired and was the first to have that done. Michael Roos' 71 is the other.

Picard played for Brent Wooten and John Massengale...

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