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42. Bill Dudley

Bill Dudley was an All-American at Virginia, where he was the First Overall Pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1942.

As a rookie, Dudley was a star Back who led the league in Rushing Yards (696), while also working as their Punter and Returner.  He also was adept at defense, recording three picks.  Like so many other athletes in the 1940s, Dudley left the game to serve his country in World War II, and he returned in 1945. That was a good year, but it was 1946, where he had one of the most complete seasons in the NFL.  Dudley led the NFL in Rushing Yards (604), had four Receptions, six Punts, 452 Passing Yards, and a league-leading 385 Punt Return Yards and 1,650 All-Purpose Yards.  Defensively, he also was first on the leaderboard with ten Interceptions.

Dudley was traded to the Detroit Lions after the 1946 season, where he played three years and was later with the Washington Redskins for another three.  Dudley entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966, and was an inaugural inductee to the Steelers Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Tail Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1tst Overall in the NFL Draft 11/22/41.
  • Departed: Traded to the Detroit Lions after the 1946 Season.
  • Games Played: 26
  • Notable Statistics:

    26 Games Started
    385 Rushing Attempts
    1,504 Rushing Yards
    10 Rushing Touchdowns
    5 Receptions
    133 Receiving Yards
    1 Receiving Touchdown
    7 Field Goal Attempts
    2 Field Goals Made
    28.6 Field Goal Percentage
    17 Extra Point Attempts
    14 Extra Points Made
    82.4 Extra Point Percentage
    80 Punts
    3,017 Punting Yards
    77 Pass Completions
    216 Pass Attempts
    35.6 Pass Completion Percentage
    948 Passing Yards
    4 Passing Touchdowns
    16 (Passer) Interceptions
    25.4 Passer Rating
    52 Punt Returns
    676 Punt Return Yards
    28 Kick Returns
    643 Kick Return Yards
    1 Kick Return Touchdown
    15 Interceptions
    349 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    7 Fumble Recoveries
    30 Fumble Recovery Yards

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1943)
    Pro Bowl (1942)
    Most Rushing Attempts (1942 & 1946)
    Most Rushing Yards (1942 & 1946)
    Most Rushing Yards per Game (1942)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1942 & 1946)
    Most Punt Returns (1946)
    Most Punt Return Yards (1942 & 1946)
    Most Yards per Punt Return (1946)
    Most Returns (1942 & 1946)
    Most Return Yards (1942 & 1946)
    Most Fumble Recoveries (1946)
    Most Interceptions (1946)
    Most Interception Return Yards (1946)

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