Desert Swarm star led UA past Canes

2011-06-19T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T13:49:11Z Desert Swarm star led UA past Canes Arizona Daily Star
June 19, 2011 12:00 am

In celebration of Arizona's centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams.

Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list - with the first 90 in no particular order. In August, Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Rob Waldrop

Achievement

As part of the Arizona Wildcats storied Desert Swarm defense, the defensive tackle earned consensus All-America honors in 1992 and 1993.

In May, he was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Waldrop won the Football Writers Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman in 1993. He also captured the Morris Trophy in 1992 as the Pac-10's best defensive lineman. At 6 feet 2 inches and 275 pounds, he used speed and strength to dominate.

During Waldrop's senior year, the Cats allowed 30 yards rushing per game and gave up 35 to Miami in Arizona's 29-0 Fiesta Bowl victory.

He finished with 171 career tackles, 44 for loss, as well as 22 1/2 sacks.

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Waldrop in the fifth round in 1994. He played for the Chiefs in 1994, recording a tackle in three games before he was cut in the 1995 preseason. He then moved to the Canadian Football League, registering 8 1/2 sacks in six games with the Memphis Mad Dogs in 1995 and earning All-Star recognition with the Toronto Argonauts from 1996-97.

At age 27, Waldrop retired from football, turning to a new career. He has worked in law enforcement in Southern California. According to Star archives, he graduated top of his class of 75 at the Orange County Sheriff's Department's boot camp for prospective law enforcement officers. He also earned a psychology degree from Arizona.

Before playing at Arizona, Waldrop starred at Scottsdale Horizon High School.

Hometown, current age

Atlanta, 39

He said it

"I treasure my days with Desert Swarm, but that doesn't go on forever. I'm happy that I've been able to find a good life after football," he told the Star last month.

Sarah Trotto

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