Bill Hewitt (American football)

  • Philadelphia Eagles Honor Roll
  • NFL 1930s All- Decade Team
  • 6x All-Pro selection ( 1932-1934, 1936-1938 ) 1 2 team
  • 2x NFL Championship (1932, 1933)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971 )
  • Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1961 )

William Ernest Hewitt ( born October 8, 1909 in Bay City, Michigan; † January 14, 1947 in Sellersville, Pennsylvania) was an US- American football player. He played on the position of the ends, among others, for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League ( NFL).


College career

Hewitt played during his studies at the University of Michigan in 1929 and 1930, initially as an end before he became in 1931 one year used as a fullback with the Michigan Wolverines. In that year he was elected to the Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player. The Chicago Tribune awarded him for his sporting achievements with the Silver Football. He also received several awards from his college.

Professional career

In 1932, he joined the Chicago Bears. The Bears have had numerous All- Pro players as Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski in their ranks. In the same year he won with the Bears, the NLF Championship. A final, it did not yet exist. The championship in the NFL was won by the league leaders. 1933, the first time was held a playoff in the league. The Bears were under their head coach George Halas and met this year at the New York Giants and could this defeat with 23:21. The following year, the Bears had the Giants, however, defeated in the final.

Until the 30's offensive play was dominated by running play in football. In the following years, the passing game should become more common as a means of attack. Hewitt keeps returning game-winning touchdowns. He should help the passing game with a breakthrough. From 1937 to 1939 played Hewitt, who never wore a helmet when game at the Philadelphia Eagles and ended after the 1939 season, his career. As players were scarce during the 2nd World War, he returned as his former teammate with the Bears Bronko Nagurski on the pitch back and hired at the Phil -Pitt STEAGLES, a team of the NFL, which is made ​​up of players of the Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers composed.

During his nine years in professional football, he was able to catch 102 passes in 101 games in the regular season and reach 23 touchdowns. Hewitt died in a car accident. He is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham.


Because of his achievements, he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Football League 1930s All- Decade Team, as well as in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He was the first player who has been elected for two teams, Chicago and Philadelphia in the All Star team of the NFL. Hewitt was a total of six honored in this way.