Professional Football Player, Official. For six seasons (1946 to 1951), he played at the right-end and defensive back positions in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League with the New York Yankees and New York Yanks. Born Herbert Bruce Alford, he was raised in Waco, Texas where he attended high school and played collegiate football at Texas Christian University. While with the Horned Frogs, he was a member of their squad that appeared in the Orange Bowl game in 1942, achieved All-Southwest Conference status twice (1941 and 1942), was recipient of the Rogers' Trophy in 1942, and served as team captain during the 1942 season. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 8th round of the 1943 NFL Draft, but instead signed with the New York Yankees of the newly formed All-America Football Conference. His career was interrupted, as he served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. In 75 career regular season AAFC and NFL games, he recorded 81 receptions for 1,341 yards, with 9 touchdowns. He achieved All-Pro status in 1947. Following his playing career, he served as an official of NFL games for 20 years, and was a line judge in several notable contests including Super Bowls II, VII and IX. He was inducted into the Texas Christian University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1973. His son Bruce Alford, Jr. played at the kicker position in the NFL and AFL with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. He died from cancer at age 88.
Bio by: C.S.