Bill Wade

William James "Bill" Wade (October 4, 1930 – March 9, 2016) was an American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). He is considered one of the greatest athletes in Nashville and Vanderbilt University history. Wade is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He is best known for being the starting quarterback on the Chicago Bears' 1963 NFL championship team.

Wade played for Vanderbilt University. He was named the Southeastern Conference's (SEC) Most Valuable Player and a second-team All-American. He was named MVP of the 1951 North–South Shrine Game in Miami. Wade also played in the Senior Bowl of 1952 and was selected to play in the College All-Star Game in Chicago.

He was the first player selected in the 1952 NFL draft, by the Los Angeles Rams.

Quarterbacking the Rams for seven seasons, Wade's best year personally was 1958, when he led the NFL in passing yards with 2,875. He was traded to the Bears in 1961 with teammates Del Shofner and John Guzik for two players and a draft pick. Wade topped the league in 1962 in pass completions and attempts, and threw for 466 yards on Nov 11 in Dallas, second in franchise history to Johnny Lujack (468) [1]. He was the first Bear to record four games with 300+ passing yards in a season.[2] In 1963, he led Chicago to the 1963 NFL Championship Game, scoring both Bears touchdowns on two 5-yard drives after turnovers in a 14–10 victory over the New York Giants in a game played in freezing weather conditions at Wrigley Field.

Wade was named to the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class.[3]

Following eye surgery for glaucoma, Wade became legally blind. In an interview with Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune on January 30, 2007, days before the Bears played in Super Bowl XLI in Miami Gardens, Florida, Wade said from his Nashville home, "I could get there for the game, but I can't see it." He added: "I've got a Bears cap on right now."[4] He died on March 9, 2016 in Nashville.[5][6]

Bill Wade
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Wade with Donna Reed, 1959
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Personal information
Born:October 4, 1930
Nashville, Tennessee
Died:March 9, 2016 (aged 85)
Nashville, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Montgomery Bell Academy
NFL Draft:1952 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:2,523
Pass completions:1,370
Passing Yards:18,530
Passer rating:72.2
Player stats at


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  2. ^ As of 2017, a record shared with Jay Cutler (2014) and Brian Hoyer (2016).
  3. ^ "Vanderbilt Athletics Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class". Vanderbilt University. June 26, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  4. ^ Downey, Mike (January 30, 2007). "Bears still rule Wade's world". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Bill Wade, Star Quarterback Who Led Bears to the N.F.L. Title, Dies at 85". The New York Times. AP. March 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Vanderbilt, NFL great Bill Wade dies". The Tennessean. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
1921 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 1921 Vanderbilt Commodores football team was an American football team representing Vanderbilt University during the 1921 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was Dan McGugin's 17th season as head coach, and Wallace Wade's first season as assistant coach. Vanderbilt outscored its opponents 161–21 for a record of 7–0–1 (5–0–1 in conference games) and a share of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) championship. The team's leading scorer was halfback Rupert Smith and its captain was "Pink" Wade, father of future Vanderbilt star Bill Wade. The Commodores played their home games at Dudley Field.

The season included the first of a seven-game series with the Texas Longhorns at the Texas State Fair. It also featured the first time the Kentucky Wildcats were able to score on the Commodores, and the "muddiest game" in Vanderbilt history against rival Sewanee. Vanderbilt tied the Georgia Bulldogs on an onside kick to win a share of the conference title. Vanderbilt was the only undefeated contender, and selector Clyde Berryman retroactively awarded the Commodores a national championship.

1950 All-SEC football team

The 1950 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1950 college football season. Kentucky won the conference.

1959 Colorado State Rams football team

The 1959 Colorado State Rams football team represented Colorado State University in the Skyline Conference during the 1959 college football season. In their fourth season under head coach Don Mullison, the Rams compiled a 6–4 record (5–2 against Skyline opponents), finished second in the Skyline Conference, and were outscored by opponents by a total of 147 to 123.The team's statistical leaders included Bill Wade with 197 passing yards, Wayne Schneider with 457 rushing yards, and Al Fortune with 99 receiving yards.

1961 Chicago Bears season

The 1961 Chicago Bears season was their 42nd regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–6 record under George Halas, which was an improvement over the 5–6–1 record of the previous season.

A Tribute to Buzz Shearman

A Tribute to Buzz Shearman is a compilation/tribute album by the Canadian rock group Moxy in the band's original incarnation with Buzz Shearman, Earl Johnson, Buddy Caine, Bill Wade and Terry Juric. The album is a tribute to Moxy vocalist Buzz Shearman (who died in a motorbike accident in 1983) from his wife Vallerie. She was an executive with the indie label Ahed Records Of Canada and released the album. The album collects some of the band's best-known and three previously unreleased songs called "Trouble", "Eyeballs" and "Highway" with Shearman on vocals. The back cover of the album features a nice testimonial from San Antonio's disc jockey known as the godfather of rock, Joe Anthony, who wrote : "Buzz had that special quality in his voice that carried a smile and a lift. He penetrated himself into the listeners and was very forceful with them. He gave a definite impression to the music. His passing was untimely, but he gave us so much in such a short span. His music is his legacy". There are two distinct versions of the album cover one released in 1984 and the second released in 1994 on CD.

Bill Wade (footballer)

William Alexander "Bill" Wade (22 March 1901 – 23 August 1958) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Preston North End, West Ham United and Wigan Borough. He played as an inside right.

Bucky Curtis

Ernest Jackson "Bucky" Curtis, Jr. was an American football player for the Vanderbilt Commodores of Vanderbilt University. He led the nation in several receiving categories in 1950 including a 29.3 yard average per reception, and was selected as an All-American. The team's quarterback was Bill Wade. Curtis was then drafted in the second round of the 1951 NFL draft by the defending NFL champion Cleveland Browns. Curtis made the Browns for the 1951 season, but was drafted for service in the Korean War before the season started. Curtis served his four years in the Navy, expecting to be signed by the Browns for the upcoming 1955 season. When he and the Browns had trouble reaching a contract, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was elected to the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

List of Los Angeles Rams starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. The Rams were formerly known as the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Rams. The players are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Rams.

List of Vanderbilt Commodores starting quarterbacks

This is a list of every Vanderbilt Commodores football team quarterback and the years they participated on the Vanderbilt Commodores football team. Vanderbilt quarterbacks have led Vanderbilt to 583 wins, 7 bowl games, and 4 bowl victories. Clyde Berryman selected Vanderbilt for two National Championships.

Five Vanderbilt quarterbacks have been taken in the National Football League draft since 1936. Including the NFL, Vanderbilt quarterbacks have also played professionally in the Arena Football League and United States Football League. 7 Vanderbilt quarterbacks went on to be head coaches in Division I-A or professional football. 2 Vanderbilt quarterbacks are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Vanderbilt quarterbacks have played prominent roles in American society off the gridiron as well. Irby Curry, the starting quarterback for the "point-a-minute" 1915 Vanderbilt Commodores football team, served in World War I after graduating in 1916, dying in aerial combat in France. Rand Dixon was a decorated World War II veteran.

Moxy (band)

Moxy is a Canadian hard rock and heavy metal band, formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1974, from previous members of the rock group Leigh Ashford – which included singer Douglas "Buzz" Shearman (former teen singer of Sherman & Peabody), alongside Greg Godovitz of Fludd & Goddo, and Gil Moore (later of Triumph), Earl Johnson (former member of King Biscuit Boy), Bill Wade (former member of Outlaw Music and Brutus under the alias Hally Hunter that also included Gino Scarpelli of Goddo) and Terry Juric, as Leigh Ashford. The group changed its name to Moxy in late 1974. This name change was accompanied by a change in the group's sound. Buddy Caine, a former bandmate of Earl Johnson, was added to the group in 1975.Moxy toured extensively in Canada before having a hit in late 1975 with "Can't You See I'm A Star". Moxy then toured the United States on the strength of their radio airplay. Markets in which the band was very popular included Ontario, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and San Antonio. Joe Anthony, "the Godfather of Rock" in San Antonio on KISS-FM was largely responsible for the popularity of the band in south Texas and helped bring about their first headline appearance in the U.S. in 1977, appearing with AC/DC as their opening act.Despite the death of Joe Anthony, the Moxy-Texas connection has continued into the present with Moxy's hits like "Can't You See I'm A Star", "Moon Rider", and "Sail On Sail Away". "Midnight Flight", "I'll Set You on Fire" and "Are You Ready" remain on the daily rotation at many Texas radio stations.Many of the guitar solos on the band's debut album were performed by guest session musician Tommy Bolin, who had previously been the lead guitarist for The James Gang and later replaced Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.

Moxy II

Moxy II is the second studio album by the Canadian hard rock and heavy metal band Moxy, released in 1976. The album was recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Sound Stage studio in April 1976 with Jack Douglas producing. The album produced two songs that hit the charts in Canada with "Take It Or Leave It" that reached number 14 and "Cause There's Another" that reached number 16 on the Top 30 on CHUM (AM) in Toronto Canada, and the KISS-FM Texas hits "Midnight Flight" and "One More Heartbreak". The album sold well because of strong live appearances that included tours with Black Sabbath, Boston, and Triumph with heavy promotion by the label (Polydor) (Mercury Records). The album was highly acclaimed on release by Geoff Barton in the UK music publication, Sounds, following which the magazine made the album available to readers for the special price of £1.50.

Moxy V

Moxy V, or Moxy 5, is the fifth album by the Canadian rock band Moxy, Three of the original members of Moxy reunited when Bill Wade (just before his death from cancer on July 27, 2001) got Moxy back into the studio (Recorded at Wade's home studio and self-produced) in 1999, with Earl Johnson and Buddy Caine after a 20-year gap, to produce Moxy's fifth studio album appropriately titled Moxy V. With a new singer Brian Maxim (former member of Stumbling Blind), who is also considered a true member of Moxy, as Brian sung back-ups with Moxy on tour back in the 1970s and worked with Buddy Caine in the band Voodoo. In 2001 a special release with a new CD cover unique for the European fans was released it includes one bonus track, "Time To Move On" that was recorded live at the El Mocambo in Toronto on January 12, 2001. In 2002 the album was released again with the original cover in North America with the addition of two live tracks "Still I Wonder" and "Young Legs" the tracks were originally to be included on the live album Raw also released in 2002. Also unique to the 2002 North America release, is the inclusion of an edited version of "Yucatan Man" The 2002 Bullseye Records version of the album features a nice testimonial from Canadian “Metal Queen” Lee Aaron about drummer Bill Wade, who played on LEE's debut album called "The Lee Aaron Project". I first worked with Billy when I was about 19. I was young and very green in the industry — Bill was about 33 at that time — and I remember having a bad couple of weeks. My expectations of the industry were pretty grandiose at that stage: I was a kid with stars in my eyes. Bill took me aside one night and, like a kind, loving father, said I had to remember to be grateful and that I had to remember every day that I was lucky to be in this business and working. Throughout the course of my career, especially at times when I felt like hanging up my microphone, I always remember those words he imparted to me. It's sad to think that such a cool and talented person can be taken at such a young age.

Pink Wade

William James "Pink" Wade (August 18, 1899 – March 1, 1966) was an American football player for the Vanderbilt Commodores of Vanderbilt University. Wade was the captain of the 1921 SIAA champion Vanderbilt football team. He was the father of quarterback Bill Wade.

Ridin' High (Moxy album)

Ridin' High is the third album by the Canadian hard rock band Moxy, released in 1977. The record got good reviews and got the band nominated for a Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) in 1977 for Most Promising Group of the Year. The album produced two Texas hit songs "Are You Ready", and "Ridin' High", as for Canada the album was considered too hard/heavy for Canadian radio at the time and consequently only the slowest paced song "Another Time Another Place" received any airplay in the band's home country. The album still sold well in Canada and especially in Southern USA because of strong live appearances that included shows with AC/DC and Trooper.In the words of Earl Johnson "I remember going in doing radio interviews and Ridin High was the single and they would put it on and all the needles would just go tilt over right into the red and the station engineer would be freaking out. And I'm going, we're not going to get any airplay with this. I just knew it. And you know, we were a concert act",

Rudy Bukich

Rudolph Andrew Bukich (September 15, 1930 – February 29, 2016) was an American football player, a quarterback in the National Football League from 1953 to 1968. Known as "Rudy the Rifle" for his uncommon arm strength, he tied an NFL record with 13 consecutive pass completions in the 1964 season. One year later, he was the second-leading passer in the league.

He played college football at the University of Southern California, after transferring from the University of Iowa.

Under the Lights

Under the Lights is the fourth album by the rock band Moxy in its second incarnation, released in 1978. With the departure of Buzz Shearman as lead vocalist in 1977 for medical reasons, Mike Reno (then known as Michael Rynoski) was brought for his debut in music. The album produced two minor Canadian hits with the title track "Under the Lights" plus "High School Queen", that gives a preview of the sound that Reno would take with him to his next band Loverboy that saw great success in the 1980s. Album sales were poor for Under the Lights as fans did not take to the new softer sound on the album. After the departure of Earl Johnson in the summer of 1978, Moxy would not record a new album until Bill Wade got Earl Johnson and Buddy Caine back into the studio in 1999 for Moxy V. This album would also have the 3rd line-up change for a lead singer with the addition of Brian Maxim.

In regards to the album itself and the singing of Mike Reno, Earl Johnson stated: "Under The Lights", wasn't even really a Moxy album. Mike Reno has a great voice, but he just wasn't a hard-edged singer". The album was re-released as Thinking About You (As Mike Reno and Moxy) in 1980.

Vanderbilt Commodores football

The Vanderbilt Commodores football program represents Vanderbilt University in the sport of American football. The Commodores compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are currently coached by Derek Mason. Vanderbilt plays their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium, located on the university's Nashville, Tennessee campus.

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