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Bill Cosby

Attends Temple University


Cosby receives a “Track and Field” athletic scholarship at Temple University, Philadelphia.  He studies physical education along with running track.  Cosby also plays fullback on the football team and joins the school’s chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He plays freshman football.

I’m around 185. I think I am a good running back, but I’m really not that fast. There is only one thing I can do, that is throw a cross-body block. Picture perfect. I love it. Not that good at pass blocking.

After one hit:

I started to feel my legs and I said, ‘Oh, my God, I’m paralyzed.’ If I don’t try to move, I’ll never know if I’m paralyzed, so I stay there. My trainer says, ‘Ask him his name.’ Dumbest thing I ever heard. I said, ‘Rumpelstiltskin,’ and Coach said, ‘He’s all right!’ I got up and the field was tilting. Somebody tapped me and said, ‘You have to go off the field.’

On deciding to become a physical education teacher:

They put me in remedial everything at Temple University and I will tell you I was the happiest 23 year old in remedial everything. I was there and I now knew what I had to do.

While at school Cosby tends bar and tells jokes. He continues to wear a cherry-red Temple sweatshirt while working clubs in Philadelphia and New York.

It made me walk from the dressing room to the stage. There would be no fear — unless I put that fear in myself.