Class of 2010
Bob graduated from Everett Southern High School in 1960. He was a two year starter on the junior high football team before he became a starter on the varsity team his sophomore year. He lettered for three years in football and two years in basketball.
Bob was an "All" in every conference which Everett was a member of his senior year. He was selected to the Inter-County All-star Team as a junior and senior. In 1959, his senior year, he was a member of the Western Conference All Star Team. He was also selected to the 1959 Johnstown Tribune-Democrat All Star Team as an offensive guard.
In 1959, Bob was selected to the United Press as
2nd Team All State guard in a time when there was only one state team classification.
In the spring of 1960, Bob became the first player from Bedford County to be selected to play on the Pennsylvania Big 33 team.
The team was selected by sports writers throughout Pennsylvania. Bob was nominated by Mailand McIlroy, sports editor of the Huntingdon Daily News. He was recommended to McIlroy by Tussey football coach Bill Haushalter. Coach Haushalter made this observation of Bob after Everett ran a sweep with Bob leading the way. It looked like a snow plow coming down the field. Pennsylvania played the National All-American Team. The game played in Hershey ended in a scoreless tie.
Bob accepted a scholarship from North Carolina State. At this time freshmen were not permitted to play on the varsity. North Carolina State freshmen played an all Atlantic Coast Conference schedule and Bob was the starting guard and played some defense. NC State went undefeated beating North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Virginia, and South Carolina.
The Duke game had fond memories. Their quarterback was Jay Wilkinson, son of Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson and Bussard got several sacks. Bob made the Carolina Daily News All Conference Freshman Team.
Bob was red shirted in 1961. In 1962, Bussard suffered a career ending injury. As a result of the injury, Bob withdrew from North Carolina State.
After North Carolina State, Bob worked for Motel Management Corporation of America, a Holiday Inn franchise, and became vice president of operations for their properties in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and D.C.
He left Holiday Inn to start his own company. He was part owner of the Breezewood Ramada Inn, Quality Inns in Falls Church and Leechburg, VA and three restaurants in the D.C. and Virginia area.
For the past 20 years he has been with WRIT, a Washington based real estate trust that owns 90 office buildings, business parks, retail centers, medical and residential buildings in the D.C. metropolitan area where he is the construction manager.
Bob is the father of seven children. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Falls Church, VA
Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame
Bedford County, Pennsylvania