Bill Dudley

William McGarvey "Bullet Bill" Dudley (December 24, 1921 – February 4, 2010) was a professional American football player in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.[1][2][3]

Bill Dudley
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Personal information
Born:December 24, 1921
Bluefield, Virginia
Died:February 4, 2010 (aged 88)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Bluefield (VA) Graham
NFL Draft:1942 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,057
Rushing touchdowns:18
Receiving yards:1,383
Receiving touchdowns:18
Field goals:33/66 (50.0%)
Player stats at
Bill Dudley
AllegianceUnited States United States
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Corp seal U.S. Army Air Corps
Years of service1942–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II
Pacific Theater

Early life

Dudley was born in Bluefield, Virginia and attended Graham High School.[4] He made the football team his junior year, and in 1938 he kicked a 35-yard field goal in the season's finale and helped Graham beat favored Princeton High School, 10–7.[5]

College career

At the age of 16, Dudley was awarded an athletic scholarship by the University of Virginia football team by coach Frank Murray.[4] As a result, he received a $500 grant, out of which he paid for room, board, and books.[5] He also pledged and became a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Although he was originally slated as a punter and placekicker, Dudley eventually came to play the halfback position.[4] In his sophomore year, he began as the fifth back on the depth chart but, due to a teammate's injury, played several games.[5]

By his third year, Dudley started every game and was the Southern Conference's leader in total offensive yards. He was also successful in his senior year, particularly during a game against the University of North Carolina. In that game, Dudley scored all three touchdowns for Virginia and kicked four extra points.[4] That season, he became the first Virginia player to earn All-America honors and was awarded the Maxwell Award for best college football player of the year.[4] He was also named the best college player of the year by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club.[5] Dudley also led the nation in four categories: touchdowns with 18; points scored with 134; rushing average with 6.2 yards a play; and touchdowns responsible for with 29.[6] After the season, he played in the East–West Shrine Game, where he intercepted four passes and threw for his team's touchdown in a 6–6 tie.[5] He also played in the College All-Star Game in Chicago.[5]

NFL rookie season (1942)

Dudley was drafted in the 1942 NFL Draft with the first overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. During the 1942 season, he led the league in rushing with 696 yards on 162 carries and was then named to the All-Pro team.[4] He also completed 35 of 94 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns, punted 18 times for a 32.0 average, returned 20 punts for 271 yards (14.0 avg), and ran back 11 kickoffs for 298 yards (27.0 avg), scoring once.[5] In the first game of his professional career, Dudley ran for a 55-yard touchdown and in his second game scored on a kickoff return.[7]

Military service (1943–45)

In 1942, the U. S. armed services began drafting all eligible young men to fight in World War II. Dudley originally enlisted and was sworn into the Naval Air Corps, however they found out he needed to have his parents' consent, since he wasn't twenty-one.[5] Dudley then enlisted in U. S. Army Air Corps in September 1942, but there was an influx of recruits and Dudley was told he would have to wait three months before he began training.[4] This delay made it possible for him to finish his rookie season with the Steelers.

Dudley went through basic training in Florida and then attended flight school in Texas.[4] He then joined the Army's football team. In 1944, Dudley helped his team to a 12–0 record and was named the Most Valuable Player.[4] At the end of the war, Dudley was shipped to the Pacific and flew two supply missions.[5] He was then sent to Hawaii where the Army selected him to play in three more football games against All-Star teams.[4]

Return to the NFL (1945–53)

Dudley returned to Pittsburgh that fall and rejoined the Steelers's team for the last four games of the 1945 season.[4] In a game against the Chicago Cardinals, he ran for two touchdowns and kicked for two additional points and became the Steelers' leading scorer for that season. He also rushed for 204 yards and returned three kickoffs for 65 yards.[4]

In 1946, the Steelers hired a new coach Jock Sutherland and Dudley scored 48 points, which contributed to the Steelers' 5-5-1 record.[4] During that season, he became the league leader in rushing (604 yards), interceptions (10 total which he returned for 242 yards) and punt returns (27 total for 385 yards). In doing this, Dudley became the only NFL player to lead in four unique statistical categories.[4] He was named All-Pro and was awarded the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award. Dudley became the first (and as of 2007, only) person to win MVP awards in college, service, and professional levels.[4]

Dudley was traded to the Detroit Lions after 1946, where he was offered three-year contract and $20,000 a season. He was elected captain of his team all three years, 1947–1949.[4] During his first year with the Lions, the team finished last. On October 19, 1947 against the Chicago Bears, Dudley returned a punt for an 84-yard touchdown. During 1947, he scored 13 touchdowns; seven on pass receptions, four on runs from scrimmage, one on a punt return, one on kickoff return and throwing two. In his last season with the Lions, he led Detroit in scoring for the third year in a row.[4]

At the end of the 1949 season, Lions coach Bo McMillin traded Dudley to the Washington Redskins, where he played for three seasons, during which he led the team in scoring every year.[4] On December 3, 1950 Dudley fielded a 60-yard punt kicked by Steelers' player Joe Geri. He ran over 30 yards before he reached his hands out of bounds, while keeping both feet in bounds, and caught the punt at the Redskin's four yard line, and then ran it for a 96-yard touchdown.[4] Dudley took a break during the 1952 season but returned in 1953. He retired at the end of the season due to knee injuries and an overall physical deterioration.[4]

Dudley was named first- or second-team All-NFL six times in his career and was named to three Pro Bowls.[7] During his nine pro seasons, Dudley gained 3,057 yards on 765 rushing attempts, a 4.0 average, and scored 20 touchdowns; caught 123 passes for 1,383 yards and 18 touchdowns; returned 124 punts for 1,515 yards and three touchdowns; ran back 78 kickoffs for 1,743 yards and one touchdown; intercepted 23 passes and returned them for 459 yards and two touchdowns; and punted 191 times for a 38.2-yard average. He added 121 extra points and 33 field goals to his 44 touchdowns for a total of 484 points.[8] Dudley led his team in scoring during every one of his nine NFL seasons.[5]

Dudley is the only player ever with a rushing touchdown, touchdown reception, punt return for touchdown, kickoff return for touchdown, interception return for touchdown, fumble return for a touchdown, and a touchdown pass. He also had a touchdown via lateral and kicked PATs and field goals.

After football

After retiring, Dudley was a scout for the Steelers and the Lions. In 1951, he then entered the insurance business in Lynchburg, Virginia with his brother Jim.[4]

Dudley was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.[4] The Downtown Club of Richmond, Virginia has sponsored the Bill Dudley Award since 1990, awarded each year to the state's top college football player.[4] Dudley is an unlockable free agent running back in the videogame Madden NFL 08.

Dudley served four terms in the Virginia House of Delegates.[6]

Dudley suffered a massive stroke on January 30, 2010.[9] He died in his home in Lynchburg, Virginia on February 4, 2010.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Obituary The New York Times, February 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Obituary The Washington Post, February 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Biography: You can't stop the "Bullet"". Bill Dudley official site. Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Coffin Corner: Vol. 18, No. 4 (1996) Bullet Bill Dudley" (PDF). Pro Football Researchers. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 9, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Dudley's College Football HOF profile". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Dudley's Pro Football HOF profile". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
  8. ^ "Dudley, "Bullet Bill" (William McG.)". HickokSports. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  9. ^ Former Steelers star Dudley dies at 88 ESPN, Associated Press story. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  10. ^ Heather Dinich, Virginia's Bill Dudley dies at 88 ESPN. Retrieved February 4, 2010.

Further reading

  • Whittingham, Richard (2002). What a Game They Played: An Inside Look at the Golden Era of Pro Football. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-9819-4.
  • Stinson, Steve (2016). Bullet Bill Dudley – Greatest 60 Minute Man in Football. Lyons Press. ISBN 978-1493018154.
  • Sullivan, George (1972). The Great Running Backs. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. pp. 74–79. ISBN 0-399-11026-7.

External links

1941 College Football All-America Team

The 1941 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1941. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1941 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) Newsweek, and (9) the Sporting News.

Harvard center Endicott Peabody, who won the 1941 Knute Rockne Award, was the only player to be unanimously named to the first team of all nine official selectors. Dick Wildung of Minnesota and Bob Westfall of Michigan each received eight official first-team designations. Bruce Smith of Minnesota won the 1941 Heisman Trophy and received seven official first-team nominations.

1941 Virginia Cavaliers football team

The 1941 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1941 college football season. The Cavaliers were led by fifth-year head coach Frank Murray and played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. They competed as independents, finishing with a record of 8–1. They scored 279 points on the year while allowing only 42. Team captain and halfback Bill Dudley became the school's second ever consensus first-team All-American, being selected by 5 of 9 selectors, including the Associated Press. Dudley led the country in touchdowns, points scored, rushing average, and touchdowns responsible for. He became the school's first and only recipient of the Maxwell Award, distinguishing him as the best player in college football in 1941. He finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

1942 NFL Draft

The 1942 National Football League Draft was held on December 22, 1941, at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago.

1942 NFL season

The 1942 NFL season was the 23rd regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, many players left for service in World War II, thus depleting the rosters of all the teams.

The Chicago Bears finished the regular season at 11–0, and faced the 10–1 Washington Redskins in the championship game. Washington, which had been beaten 73–0 in the 1940 title game, got a measure of revenge in spoiling the Bears' hope for a perfect season, winning 14–6.

1944 Randolph Field Ramblers football team

The 1944 Randolph Field Ramblers football team represented the Army Air Forces' Randolph Field during the 1944 college football season. Randoph Field was located about 15 miles east-northeast of San Antonio, Texas. In its second season under head coach Frank Tritico, the team compiled a perfect 12–0 record, shut out nine opponents, outscored all opponents by a total of 508 to 19, and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll.Players (with the positions and prior teams in parentheses) included Bill Dudley (back, Pittsburgh Steelers), Pete Layden (fullback, Texas), F.O. "Dippy" Evans (back, Notre Dame), Bob Cifers (back, Tennessee), Jake Leicht (back, Oregon), Don Looney (end, Pittsburgh Steelers), Jack Russell (end, Baylor), Harold Newman (end, Alabama), Martin Ruby (tackle, Texas A&M), Walter Merrill (tackle, Alabama), Bill Bagwell (guard, Rice), Jack Freeman (guard, Texas), and Kenneth Holley (center, Holy Cross).

1946 NFL season

The 1946 NFL season was the 27th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, Elmer Layden resigned as NFL Commissioner and Bert Bell, co-founder of the Philadelphia Eagles, replaced him. Meanwhile, the All-America Football Conference was formed to rival the NFL, and the Rams became the first NFL team based on the West Coast after they relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, to Los Angeles, California. A regular season game was played on Tuesday, the last until the 2010 season, on October 1, between New York and Boston.

The season ended when the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game.

Ben Collins (American football)

Ben Collins (c. 1921 – November 20, 2014) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Texas Western College—now the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)—from 1957 to 1961, compiling a record of 18–29–1.

Collins was a star halfback at West Texas State College—now West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. In 1941, he finished second in the nation in scored points with 132, behind Bill Dudley (134) of Virginia. Collins was selected by the Detroit Lions as the 185th overall pick in the 1942 NFL draft.Collins worked at Texas Western College from 1946 to 1961 and served as the school's athletic director and head football coach during his final five years. Collins is known for hiring renowned college basketball coach Don Haskins in 1961. In an article for the El Paso Times, Haskins is quoted saying, "[Collins] was behind me all the way."Collins, 93, and his wife, Mary Gene, 86, were killed November 20, 2014, when they were struck by a pickup truck while crossing a busy street in El Paso.

Country Church Time

Country Church Time is the sixth studio album released by George Jones on January 20, 1959. The LP includes multiple early gospel recordings by Jones on Starday.

The album was released on January 20, 1959, and recorded from 1956-1958, listing Jones' first gospel recordings. The album, however, wasn't received well, and did not chart, due in large part to the lackluster sound of Starday and Mercury Records during the 50's. The album was also Jones' debut album as a Mercury artist.

Dudley Award

The Dudley Award, named after former Virginia running back Bill Dudley, is presented annually by the Richmond Times-Dispatch to honor the top NCAA football player in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The idea for the award came from George Mancini, a former Boston College football player, who moved his family to Richmond, VA, and became extremely active with youth sports in the area.

Homecoming in Heaven

Homecoming in Heaven is an album by American country music artist George Jones. It was released in 1962 on the United Artists record label.

List of National Football League annual punt return yards leaders

This is a list of National Football League punt returners who have led the regular season in punt return yards each year. The record for punt return yards in a season is currently held by Desmond Howard of the Green Bay Packers who had 875 yards in 1996.

List of Pittsburgh Steelers first-round draft picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers, a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, participated in the first NFL Draft prior to the 1936 season. The franchise changed its name to the Steelers prior to the 1940 season, to represent the city's heritage of producing steel.The event, which is officially known as the "Player Selection Meeting", is held each April. The draft is used as the primary means to distribute newly available talent (primarily from college football) equitably amongst the teams. Selections are made in reverse order based on the previous season's record, i.e. the club with the worst record from the previous season selects first. Through 2009, only two exceptions were made to this order: the Super Bowl champion always selects last (32nd), and the Super Bowl loser is awarded the penultimate (31st) pick. Beginning in 2010, teams making the playoffs will be seeded in reverse order depending upon how far they advance. The draft consists of seven rounds. Teams have the option of trading selections for players, cash and/or other selections (including future year selections). Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades. The Steelers have traded away their first-round pick eight times; they have had two first-round selections in two drafts.

The Steelers' first selection in the inaugural NFL draft was William Shakespeare, a halfback from Notre Dame. The Steelers have selected first overall three times, drafting Bill Dudley in 1942, Gary Glick in 1956 and Terry Bradshaw in 1970. The team has selected second overall once, and third overall four times. Through 2009, seven Steeler first-round picks have gone on to have playing careers deemed worthy of enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Dudley, Len Dawson, Joe Greene, Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and Rod Woodson. The team's most recent first-round selection was Terrell Edmunds, a safety from Virginia Tech.

List of Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

M. L. Shearer

Marshall Livingston Shearer Sr. (August 30, 1901 – May 13, 1964) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at New River State College—now known as West Virginia University Institute of Technology—in Montgomery, West Virginia for one season, in 1934, compiling a record of 0–5.He was previously the head coach at Concord University where he had a 1–12–2 record from 1930 to 1931, and he also coached for one year at Bluefield College in 1926 with a 1–3–1 record.

After that, he was a head coach at Graham High School in Bluefield, Virginia where he coached future college and pro football Hall of Fame member Bill Dudley .

Shearer was born in Wayne County, Kentucky in 1901 and died in North Charleston, South Carolina 1964.At Centre College, he was a part of the football team, a teammate of Red Roberts.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest franchise in the AFC.

In contrast with their status as perennial also-rans in the pre-merger NFL, where they were the oldest team never to win a league championship, the Steelers of the post-merger (modern) era are one of the most successful NFL franchises. Pittsburgh is tied with the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl titles (6), and has both played in (16) and hosted more conference championship games (11) than any other NFL team. The Steelers have won 8 AFC championships, tied with the Denver Broncos, but behind the Patriots' record 11 AFC championships. The Steelers share the record for second most Super Bowl appearances with the Broncos, and Dallas Cowboys (8). The Steelers lost their most recent championship appearance, Super Bowl XLV, on February 6, 2011.

The Steelers, whose history traces to a regional pro team that was established in the early 1920s, joined the NFL as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, owned by Art Rooney and taking its original name from the baseball team of the same name, as was common practice for NFL teams at the time. To distinguish them from the baseball team, local media took to calling the football team the Rooneymen, an unofficial nickname which persisted for decades after the team adopted its current nickname. The ownership of the Steelers has remained within the Rooney family since its founding. Art's son, Dan Rooney owned the team from 1988 until his death in 2017. Much control of the franchise has been given to Dan's son Art Rooney II. The Steelers enjoy a large, widespread fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation. The Steelers currently play their home games at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side in the North Shore neighborhood, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Built in 2001, the stadium replaced Three Rivers Stadium which hosted the Steelers for 31 seasons. Prior to Three Rivers, the Steelers had played their games in Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field.

Virginia Cavaliers football

The Virginia Cavaliers football team represents the University of Virginia in the sport of American football. The Cavaliers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Established in 1888, playing local YMCA teams and other state teams without pads, the Virginia football program has evolved into a multimillion-dollar operation that plays in front of a crowd of 61,500 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starting in the early 1900s, the program has played an outsized role in the shaping of the modern game's ethics and eligibility rules.Former Virginia head coach George Welsh ranks second for most wins in ACC history behind Bobby Bowden of Florida State and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The current coach of the Cavaliers is Bronco Mendenhall, hired on December 4, 2015.

Three traditional rivals—North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland—have all played the Cavaliers more times than any other rival. The game between Virginia and North Carolina is called the South's Oldest Rivalry and is the second-most played rivalry in major conference football after Wisconsin versus Minnesota (for Paul Bunyan's Axe). The Cavaliers also compete for the Commonwealth Cup against in-state rival Virginia Tech. Both of these rivalries take place within the Coastal division of the ACC. When Maryland left the conference in 2014, the game was replaced with an official ACC rivalry game against the Louisville Cardinals.

White Lightning and Other Favorites

White Lightning and Other Favorites is the seventh studio album released by George Jones on May 26, 1959. Its title track "White Lightning" was a #1 Country hit in 1959.

The album is one of the best, if not the best, albums that Jones released in the 1950s. The album charted well, and was one of the most popular country albums of 1959. It also plays some of Jones' first collaboration tracks. "I'm With the Wrong One" was his second collaboration, recorded in 1956 (the oldest song included on the LP) with Jennette Hicks. "Flame in My Heart" was his third collaboration, recorded with Virginia Spurlock in 1957.

William Dudley

William Dudley may refer to:

William Dudley (colonel) (1766–1813), War of 1812 officer in the Kentucky Militia

William Dudley (18th century), a Roxbury, Massachusetts landowner and a namesake of Dudley, Massachusetts

William Dudley (bishop) (died 1483), bishop of Durham

William C. Dudley (born 1952), economist at the New York Federal Reserve

William Harold Dudley (1890–1949), painter

William Lofland Dudley (1859–1914), chemistry professor

William Russel Dudley (1849–1911), botanist

William S. Dudley (born 1936), U.S. naval historian

William Wade Dudley (1842–1909), soldier in the American Civil War, then became a lawyer, a government official and a Republican campaigner

William Dudley (designer) (born 1947), British theatre designer

William Dudley (swimmer) (1931–1978), American swimmer

William Edward Dudley (1868–1938), administrator in the British co-operative movement

Sir William Dudley, 1st Baronet (1597–1670), English politician

Bill Dudley (1921–2010), American football player

William Dudley (designer)

William Dudley RDI (born 4 March 1947 in London, England) is a British theatre designer.

Dudley is the son of William Stuart Dudley and his wife Dorothy Irene (née Stacey). He was educated at Saint Martin's School of Art and the Slade School of Art. He is a member of the Society of British Theatre Designers. He is married to the theatre director Lucy Bailey.National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C1173/27) with Dudley in 2007-2008 for its An Oral History of Theatre Design collection held by the British Library.

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