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 Bill Willis

Bill Willis

Birth
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 27 Nov 2007 (aged 86)
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 23139676 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. Born William Karnet Willis in Columbus, Ohio. He played at the defensive and offensive guard positions for eight seasons (1946 to 1953) in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He was a member and key player on four AAFC championship teams (1946 to 1949 Browns) and one NFL championship team (1950 Browns). Along with fellow Hall of Fame teammate Marion Motley, Willis was one of the earliest African-Americans to play in professional football. An All-American during his collegiate years at Ohio State, Willis was a member of the 1942 National College Football Championship Team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. During the course of his career, Willis was selected to four AAFC All-Teams (1946 to 1949), four NFL All-Pro Teams (1950 to 1953) and three NFL Pro Bowls (1950 to 1952), while appearing in 52 AAFC and 47 NFL regular season games. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 28 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23139676
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bill Willis (5 Oct 1921–27 Nov 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23139676, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .