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Bill Bishop
Born (1931-05-08)May 8, 1931
Borger, Texas
Died May 14, 1998(1998-05-14) (aged 67)

William Eugene Bishop (May 8, 1931 – May 14, 1998) was an American football defensive lineman who played 10 seasons in the National Football League.

A former United States Air Force member, he played college football at North Texas State. Much of his pro career was spent with the Chicago Bears; although he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was traded to Chicago shortly after.[1] He spent nine seasons with the Bears, remaining close with his teammates but frequently clashing with coach George Halas for salary reasons; in 1960, Bishop remarked, "Halas brainwashes you so much you don't want to play with anybody else; it's like playing for the New York Yankees."[2] Bishop later became team captain of the inaugural Minnesota Vikings in 1961.[1]

In the early 1970s, he coached the Winfield Giants Pop Warner team in Winfield, Illinois.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kuleta, Gene (May 20, 1998). "Former Bear Bill E. Bishop, 67". https://www.newspapers.com/clip/42350367/. Retrieved January 17, 2020. 
  2. Ney, Al (February 10, 1960). "Bill Bishop Sees Papa Bear As More Sinner Than Saint". https://www.newspapers.com/clip/35742072/. Retrieved January 17, 2020. 

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