Bob McNamara Called Charlie Leigh and Ron Oyer the Best High School Football Players

August 12, 2013 – Deceased Capital Region sportscaster Bob McNamara once called Albany High’s Charlie Leigh and Linton’s Ron Oyer the two best high school football players that he has ever seen in the Capital District.  Leigh was a speedy and very powerful running back, and a threat to go all the way every time he touched the football.  He played during the early to mid 1960s.  Leigh did not play college ball, but he did play professionally for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers from 1968 to 1974.  Ron Oyer was a California import who moved to Schenectady for his senior year (1961-1962).  He had a magnificent season.  A superb running back with some shifty  inside and outside moves, Oyer was also an inside linebacker with great field instincts, good sideline to sideline range, and he seldom missed a tackle.  He was named Schenectady County Player of the Year and was named to the All-American team.  His coach, Dick Lalla, called him the greatest running back that he had ever coached.  Oyer played collegiately at Syracuse, where he played on the first team in a backfield that included future pro greats Floyd Little and Larry Csonka. Oyer was used primarilly as a blocking back. He later served as the Orangemen Assistant Athletic Director.

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