Bill Dudley passes away

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  1. white is right

    white is right Hall of Famer

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    From the halls web site........Bullet Bill"Â￾ Dudley, 1921-2010

    02/04/2010

    Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback Bill Dudley passed away early this morning. He was 88.

    Nicknamed "Bullet Bill,"Â￾ he was selected as the top pick in the 1942 National Football League Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dudley, who was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1966, is one of just 13 Pro Football Hall of Fame members to be drafted first overall.

    "We are deeply saddened to learn of Bill's passing,"Â￾ commented Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry from South Florida where he's preparing for the naming of the Hall's Class of 2010. "Perhaps as much as his greatness on the football field, we will remember Bill as a great friend and a true ambassador for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the sport he loved."Â￾

    "Bill never missed returning to the Hall of Fame each summer to welcome the new class of enshrinees. He truly appreciated being with the other members of this unique fraternity of football greats,"Â￾ added Perry. "On behalf of all of the Pro Football Hall of Famers, our Board and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to Bill's wife Libba and their family at this difficult time."Â￾

    Although he didn't possess world-class speed and his running style was described as "unorthodox,"Â￾ Dudley was exceptionally effective during a nine-season Hall of Fame career split evenly with the Steelers, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins. Not only a lethal runner as a halfback, Dudley excelled as a kickoff returner and punt returner while also contributing as a defensive halfback.

    After a spectacular career at the University of Virginia, Dudley made an immediate impact on the NFL gridiron during a rookie season in 1942 that saw him earn All-NFL honors. His football career was then interrupted with his service in World War II.

    He returned to the NFL in 1945 and one year later had an incredible season that earned him the NFL's Most Valuable Player Honor. Dudley won a rare "triple crown"Â￾ when he led the NFL in three separate statistical categories â€" rushing, interceptions, and punt returns â€" in 1946

    In all, Dudley amassed more than 8,200 combined yards, intercepted 23 passes, and scored 478 points. He also holds the unusual distinction of scoring nine different ways during his career.

    In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Bill Dudley Scholarship Foundation. http://billdudleyscholarship.com/
     
  2. highschoolcoach

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    It's sad to know that Hall of Fame player Bill Dudley would not be drafted nor even signed as a free agent in today's "afrolete only" NFL. Nowadays, the ability to play the game has been discarded as a criterion and replaced by "upside".
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    The obit throws in the mandatory diminutive of White achievement -- "Although he didn't possess world-class speed. . ." By definition almost no one does. If Chris Johnson possesses "world class speed" that same pejorative also applies to every black RB in the NFL other than Johnson. The pertinent translation of its use here is:Dudley was slow and played only because it was in an era in which blacks weren't allowed to run the ball.
     
  4. sport historian

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    The nickname "Bullet Bill Dudley" came from his running style. "Bullet Bill" would richochet off tacklers like a bullet rather than run away from them. During his playing days, he was described as being effective in this way despite being slower than runners like Tom Harmon and Glenn Davis.
     
  5. white is right

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    World class speed for that era was about 10.5 seconds or lower over the 100 meter dash. I doubt more than 2 players in any sport had that. Mr. Outside was one from that era that had that speed until a knee injury wrecked his career. Jackie Robinson might have been another as he was both a track and a football star who chose his third sport because football was really only a semi pro sport pay wise compared to baseball at the time.
     

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