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160. Bill Bergey

Bill Bergey came to the Cincinnati Bengals from Arkansas State, where, as a rookie, the Linebacker would go to the Pro Bowl.  Bergey didn't make a Pro Bowl again as a Bengal, but he was undoubtedly a strong player who was coveted by Cincinnati until they became upset with him.

Bergey signed a "futures contract" with the Florida Blazers of the World Football League, which would have taken effect in 1976.  The Bengals opted to trade him instead of keeping someone who would be gone in two years, and off he went to the Philadelphia Eagles, which is where he continued his career.  As the WFL did not last long and the Blazers were not in existence in ’76, thus the Eagles came out way ahead in this trade.  This turn of events had to irk the Bengals to no end as in 1974 and 1975, he was named a First Team All-Pro, was an elite tackler (he would have a 233 Tackle season), and when his contract was up, he resigned with the Eagles.  Bergey would go on to have three straight Second Team All-Pros (1976-78) and would help the Eagles reach Super Bowl XV.  He would also go to four more Pro Bowls with Philadelphia.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: South Dayton, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1986
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Games Played: 159
  • Notable Statistics: 27 Interceptions
    397 Interception Return Yards
    21 Fumble Recoveries
    18 Fumble Recovery Yards
    18.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    111 Approximate Value

    6 Playoff Games

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
  • Played For: Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles
  • College: Arkansas Tech
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 31st Overall in 1969
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Rings (None)
    First Team All-Pro (2) (1974 & 1975)
    Second Team All-Pro (3) (1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Pro Bowl (5) (1969, 1974, 1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Most Fumble Recoveries (1) (1975)

  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recoveries (2) (1975 & 1978)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 99. Fumble Recoveries: 21

Should Bill Bergey be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 69.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 23.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.7%
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