One of the instrumental leaders of W&L's highly successful football teams in the early 1960's was standout tackle Bob Payne.
Payne was the top lineman on the freshman team in 1959 and then began to make a name for himself on the varsity in 1960 when he helped W&L to a record of 8-0-1. In 1961, Payne was one of the top players for W&L's 9-0 team that was named as the Outstanding Small College team in the nation by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club. Payne was named to the Associated Press Little All-America team that fall and also earned first team all-state honors that season.
A ferocious competitor, Payne served as a co-captain for the 1962 team which captured the inaugural College Athletic Conference championship. Payne was a first team All-CAC tackle, helping the Generals to a record of 8-1, and also repeated as a first team selection on the all-state squad.
Following his graduation he enrolled at law school at W&L served as an assistant football coach. Payne went on to a successful career as a lawyer and was appointed as a federal judge in 1992.