After high school, Tarr attended Bentley University and battled injuries and health issues early in his college career before becoming a productive running back. For his career, Tarr totaled 372 carries for 2,091 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a junior he gained 860 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Last year Tarr received the 2012 Nason Award for Senior Achievement from the New England Football Writers. The award is given to a senior who has overcome adversity to shine on the football field.
Tarr seemed to be just as excited to see this year’s Crusaders play a critical Catholic Central League game against Austin Prep as he was to get his number retired. He was also interested in watching junior running back Rufus Rushins, whose stats might some day rival Tarr’s.
Rushins came into last night’s game with 3,040 yards rushing and 39 TDs in just two-and-a-half years.
“I saw him freshman year and I’m excited to see him now,” Tarr said about Rushins. “I looked it up, he’s 220 pounds; that’s a big boy to be carrying the rock.”
The 24-year-old Tarr graduated from Bentley last winter, now lives in Watertown and works for BNY Mellon, a banking and financial services corporation.
Last night’s ceremony had him wondering where the time has gone.
“Now that I’m out of college, time is flying by,” Tarr said. “I don’t know where it went.”
Bobby Tarr at Fenwick Year Att. Yards TDs Pts. 2005 78 542 6.9 4 30 2006 259 2,514 9.7 34 210 2007 256 2,545 9.9 31 192 Totals 593 5,601 9.4 69 432