"California's Golden Bears reached the Rose Bowl in 1949 and 1950 thanks in large measure to the performance of All-America quarterback Bob Celeri. As an undergraduate at Cal, Celeri won four varsity letters with a two-year break in between for service in the U.S. Navy.
After playing in the 1950 Hula Bowl game, Celeri reported to the San Francisco 49ers, who had made him a high draft choice. Later traded to the New York Yankees, he first met Harvey Johnson, with whom he traveled a parallel path over the next 10 years. Bob moved from Dallas, where the Yankees had relocated, to Hamilton of the CFL in 1953, and a year later went to Kitchener where he quarterbacked six years and was a four-time MVP.
Leaving in 1960 to become head coach at Waterloo Lutheran University, he remained until joining Johnson with the Bills in 1968. Celeri became a permanent member of the Buffalo personnel department in 1969 and served as its interim director when Johnson returned to coaching during the 1971 season."
-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook