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By Steve Stinson

 

You can’t separate football from the man. The game gave him everything, and “Bullet Bill” Dudley said as much. But you can separate the man from football. As a husband, father, businessman, and citizen, he put far more into this world than he took out. Three years before Bill died, he asked his son-in-law, Steve Stinson, to write his story.

William McGarvey "Bullet Bill" Dudley (December 24, 1921 – February 4, 2010) led a thrilling career in the National Football League playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins. With humble beginnings in Bluefield, Virginia, he made the football team his junior year, and in 1938 he kicked a 35-yard field goal in the season's finale. Dudley was drafted in the 1942 NFL Draft with the first overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1972. During the 1942 season, he led the league in rushing with 696 yards on 162 carries and was then named to the All-Pro team. Steve Stinson revisits his father-in-law’s journey from Bluefield through his retirement from the NFL and shares everything he brought to communities in between each pivotal moment in Dudley’s life.

  

256 Pages, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1493018154, Lyons Press, 2016.

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