Brad Bomba


IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (1994)
Z.G. Clevenger Award (1977)
B.A., 1957; M.D., 1961


A three-year letterwinner, Brad Bomba Sr. was one of the first great ends in the history of Indiana football. Bomba holds a unique distinction as being the only player in IU history to garner both All-America and Academic All-America status in his career. Bomba earned both distinctions in his senior season after being named Academic All-Big Ten three times.

Widely regarded for combining vicious blocking, defensive ability and intense competitive spirit with his offensive talents, the 6-foot-3, 214-pound Bomba caught 31 passes for 407 yards and one touchdown as a senior. For his efforts, he was presented with the prestigious Balfour Award for bringing honor and distinction to IU in the sport of football.

As a sophomore, the Chicago native caught 11 passes for 221 yards. He followed up his first campaign by catching 13 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He led the team in receiving in each of those three seasons, totaling 799 yards and three receiving TDs in his career. He was an All-Big Ten selection in 1955 as a junior and won the prestigious Hoosier Award following his senior campaign. He also participated in the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game after finishing his time as a Hoosier.

Bomba, Indiana's first Academic-All-America selection in football, chipped in to the program after his career was over, serving as the team's physician.