He threw for more yards in his high school career than notable Hoosiers Jeff George, Rex Grossman, and Rick Mirer. Bob Cira’s name can be found in archived newspaper articles from all across the state of Indiana. After all, he led his football team, The Concord Rough Riders of Elkhart, Indiana to the state championship game in 2006. That being said, with Bob Cira you won’t find the normal hype that surrounds most outstanding high school athletes today.
Bob Cira has clearly achieved more in high school football than most of his peers. Especially in 2006, his senior year, he threw for 3,931 passing yards, fifth all time in the state of Indiana. He threw for 8,464 yards in his career, seventh all time in the state of Indiana. While Cira was starting quarterback, Concord’s win loss record was 30-8. They nearly won the state championship 2006, but lost in a heartbreaker in the final game to Cathedral. Bob was voted to play in the Indiana High School Coaches Association North versus South All star game. He was a captain for his team. This was his last high school game, before college.
Bob Cira looks fluid when he passes. His body remains perfectly stable as he generates force through his shoulder. His spirals are as tight as any passer you’ll see and they get to his receivers quickly. This is not to say that Bob is stationary when quarterbacking; he’ll avoid the rush by agilely zipping up the field.
In Bob’s final high school game, (the July All-Star exhibition) he was the starting quarterback. When it was time for the coins to be tossed, he didn’t push his way to the front in view of the camera men. He hesitated and then quietly went to the middle of the field crowded out by eager players.
He started three of his four years at Concord high school, where they designed a shotgun offense just for his unique skill set. One lifetime Elkhartian said that Concord had never used a shotgun formation before Cira, as long as he could remember.
In the game, he dodged some of Indiana’s biggest football player’s like 6'5" Max Demond and 6'3", 280-pound linebacker Jeff Boyd. He shared quarterbacking duties with an athlete named Eric Watt. When Watt passed for a touchdown, Cira smiled and cheered on with the rest of his teammates. He wasn’t yelling out clichés, but his manner was uniquely dignified for a star high school quarterback.