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Reggie Roby fitness center dedication

WATERLOO - A state of the art fitness facility built at East High honors the memory of Reggie Roby, an East High Alumni.  The facility will be dedicated on Friday, January 16, 2009. The ceremony will take place between the East and West junior varsity and varsity basketball game at East High.  Roby's widow, Melissa Roby, and five children, who live in Nashville, will be attending the dedication ceremony.

The Reggie Roby Fitness Center at East High has provided all student athletes with a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility that is used from early in the morning to early evening, 5 days a week.  Physical education students use the center throughout the school day; school staff may also use the facility.

In 2005, Reggie Roby's life was cut short by a heart attack.  His death shocked and saddened his family, friends, and the world of sports.  Not every athlete who kicks a football earns his fame, because few exert the effort to match his skill. 

Roby was an All-State and All-Conference baseball player at East High School in Waterloo, Iowa, but his passion truly was football.  He graduated from East in 1979.  During his senior year,

Roby was selected as a 1st Team All-American Kicker, as well as a 1st Team All-Stater.  Although the Cincinnati Reds drafted him as a pitcher at the end of his career at East, Roby chose to pursue his football career at the University of Iowa.  Roby signed with the Hawks during the legendary Hayden Fry's first year as head coach. 

During his career at Iowa, Roby helped lead his team to its first winning season in 1981, and its first Rose Bowl in 23 years.  That same year, Iowa gained a share of the Big Ten championship, and Roby set an NCAA record for an average punting distance of 49.8 yards. 

In 1983, the Miami Dolphins drafted Reggie Roby.  He would call Miami home from 1983 to 1992.  Roby spent his last seasons with the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston/Tennessee Oilers, and the San Francisco 49ers. 

After retiring from the NFL, he became director of marketing and development for Backfield in Motion, an organization that helps inner-city youth in athletics and academics. 

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