Bill Dudley

  • 2x Pro Bowl selection (1950, 1951)
  • 6x All Pro selection (1942, 1946-1948, 1950, 1951) 1 2 team
  • NFL Most Valuable Player Award ( 1946)
  • NFL 1940s All- Decade Team
  • 70 Greatest Redskins
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1966 )
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1956 )
  • Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

William McGarvey "Bill" Dudley ( born December 24, 1921 in Bluefield, Tazewell County, Virginia; † February 4, 2010 in Lynchburg, Virginia), nicknamed Bullet Bill, an American football player in the National Football League ( NFL) was.

Playing career

College career

Dudley visited in his hometown high school and, after graduating from school, a scholarship to the University of Virginia. Although he was considered unsuitable due to its body size, he got from his coach the chance to play American football as a running back. In the course of his studies Dudley could define physically strong. In 1940, he received increasingly use time as a starter his college team. In 1941, he was able to achieve the national record with 18 touchdowns. In the same year he won the Maxwell Award.

Professional players

Bill Dudley was drafted in 1942 in the first round in the first place by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. Coach of the Steelers was Walt Kiesling. Even in his rookie year, he scored 162 runs with an area gain of 696 yards a Jahresbestleistung in the NFL. In the years 1943 to 1945, he had to interrupt his career. He did his military service with the U.S. Air Force, which was still not a separate branch of service. Dudley attended a flight school, but played simultaneously for the U.S. Army American Football. Dudley flew from Hawaii two missions over the Pacific Ocean. After completing his military service, Dudley played two more years for the Steelers. In 1946, he turned again to the NFL record for space gain achieved with running game. After his playing time in Pittsburgh, he played three years for the Detroit Lions before the 1950 Washington Redskins joined. After an interruption of his career in 1952 he returned back to the 1953, trained by Curly Lambeau Redskins and finished his career after this season.


Bill Dudley played twice in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. He was six times elected to the All Pro. In 1946 he was elected most valuable player of the NFL. He is a member of the NFL 1940s All- Decade Team, since 1966 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in 1956 into the College Football Hall of Fame, and in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

After the NFL

Dudley worked after his career as a scout for the Steelers and the Detroit Lions. He then worked as an insurance agent. Bill Dudley also promoted young athletes, by forgiving scholarships. He was from 1966 to 1975 over four election periods deputy in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he initially belonged to the Democrats, but later switched to the Republicans and their candidate as the failed re-election to parliament.

Bill Dudley last lived in Lynchburg, where he died at the age of 88 years beginning February 2010. His burial place is not known.