Bobby left as a champion on the football field and returned as a hero on the air replacing the legendary Buddy D. April 18, 2005. And, history did repeat itself.
Hebert has led WWL to a ratings championship -- SportsTalk consistently ranks as the #1 talk show in their time slot. The secret? Sports fans love Bobby. Players and coaches respect Bobby. Networks seek out Bobby’s opinions. The “Cajun Cannon" is right at home on the Gulf South legendary powerhouse, WWL-AM-FM-and WWL.com. He’s naturally upbeat and down to earth. Bobby’s a man’s man, a woman’s dream and a kid’s role model.
The end game -- cutting-edge SportsTalk with great guests, positive energy and sizzling chemistry between Bobby and his co-host “Big Chief” Deke Bellavia. And, if you think the Cannon can only talk football—check yourself. Bobby knows college sports, hoops, NASCAR -- and don’t ask him a history question.
So, who is this “Cajun Cannon?" Bobby Joseph Hebert Jr., was born in Baton Rouge to Bobby & Paula Hebert. (His dad was a senior at LSU at the time.) Cajun country--Galliano in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Bobby J. played football in high school in Cajun country--Galliano in Lafourche Parish at South Lafourche High.
Most people don’t know this, but Bobby started out as a safety…and didn’t switch to quarterback until his senior year in high school. That’s when the world learned the Cajun had a “cannon” of a throwing arm. In college Bobby starred as the quarterback for the Northwestern State University “Demons.” His biggest fans Big Bobby and Miss Paula loved having their boy close to home. After college, Bobby played professionally in the USFL and the NFL from 1983 to 1996 for the Michigan Panthers, Oakland Invaders, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.
Analysts agree that Hebert had one of the greatest careers for a quarterback in the USFL. In 1983, the league’s inaugural season, Bobby led the Panthers to the USFL championship. But, it’s as #3 -- the star quarterback of the Saints -- that Bobby won the hearts and respect of the most passionate fans in football. In 1991 Bobby Hebert led the Saints to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Ditto in 1992. In 1993 he became a “flying Falcon" and made the Pro Bowl in 1994 and 1995.
He’s remembered for being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Bobby Hebert was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. And, for all of you NEW New Orleanians, his surname is pronounced “AY-BARE." And, yes, the TV sitcom Seinfeld did devote an entire episode to George’s fascination with the pronunciation of Bobby’s last name.
Bobby has four children from his first marriage to Teresa Peterson - daughters Ryan and Cammy and sons T-Bob and Beaux.
In 2009 Bobby married for the second time to Joan Landwher Perez. Joan’s daughter, Danielle Perez, is a welcome addition to the family. True lovers of New Orleans and its unique culture, Bobby & Jo Jo put their money where their hearts are…they reside in beautiful Lakeview, a part of the Crescent City hit hard by Hurricane Katrina...with their firece 3 lb. Mailpoo, "Lucy Cannon."
One of Bobby’s proudest moments? December 2, 2006 Bobby Hebert was honored by the City of Natchitoches where he attended college at Northwestern State University, as the grand marshal of the annual Christmas lighting event. Sweet Bobby J…you can’t take the Cajun out of the Cannon.
Bobby’s other big moment? When Bobby led WWL radio’s “Buddy D Dress Parade” to celebrate the Saints first trek to the Super Bowl and to honor WWL legendary SportsTalk host, Buddy Diliberto. Buddy D promised, “If the Saints go to the Super Bowl, I’ll march through the Streets of New Orleans in a dress.” Buddy died in 2005, but Bobby fulfilled his pledge Sunday, January 31, 2010, when the Cajun Cannon and “Founding Father of the Who Dat Nation” led a parade of ecstatic Who Dats from the Louisiana Superdome to the French Quarter. Some 87,000 people showed up. And, yes, thousands were men in dresses! WHO DAT!