2012 HOF – Bob Supergan

The Aardvarks were a good team almost from their inception in the early 70s. We became the equal of all the other teams in the West, but in the late 70s the Aardvarks took the next step and became one of the region‟s elite teams. Bob Supergan was a key piece of the puzzle that put the Aardvarks over the top.

He was the best inside center the Varks ever had which is a bold statement because the Aardvarks had some really great ones over the years. He learned the game quickly and was a good offensive player. Where he was in a class of his own was in defense.No one got past Bob; not his opposite number or the fly-half or outside center either. How good or “bad” was he? Just ask Doug Park (El Paso) or Lenny, (Barbos) about “Soup”. They always knew where he was on the field and did not want to be hit by him. His very presence on the field changed the game; he was to be feared.

In 1979 the Aardvarks beat the Denver Barbos and Houston Heathens 2, 1st Division club. Bob was a big part of that; our finest hour. He was also on the national 7s Championship team. Soup came from Chicago, All City Catholic High School Football Stars. He also played for the UNM football team as a defen- sive back. Luck for us, he became an Aardvark and a great one to boot. As fierce as he was on the field, he was the opposite off. A great guy, good friend and a true gentleman.

Bob Supergan came from a blue collar neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago and as he grew up in this working class environment he played the sports that were appropriate for the time and place; base- ball, basketball, and football. He attended Mendel Catholic high school where he played all three sports. In baseball he made all conference and played an all-star game in the old White Sox, Comiskey Park. In football he twice made all conference and when his team won the city championship they played in front of over 67,000 in Soldiers Field. After football was over there was a lull until his roommate, Al Lewis, talked him into trying rugby. It turned out to be a great fit.

The Aardvarks were a good team almost from their inception in the early 70s. We became the equal of all the other teams in the West, but in the late 70s the Aardvarks took the next step and became one of the region‟s elite teams. Bob Supergan was a key piece of the puzzle that put the Aardvarks over the top.

In 1979 the Aardvarks beat the Denver Barbos and Houston Heathens two 1st Division club. Bob was a big part of that; our finest hour. He was also on the national 7s Championship team and was selected to represent the Rio Grande Rugby Football Union on an all-star team playing against two select teams from Arizona.

After three seasons of playing for the Aardvarks, Bob felt it was time to get serious about his career and family. He married Debi and they had two boys (Nick and Chris) and eventually moved to San Diego where their daughter Andi was born. Bob has always enjoyed the outdoors and loves to hunt and fish. His latest hobby is home brewing with his sons.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *