Bill Daley, American football player, Died at 96

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William Edward “Bullet” Daley was born on September 16, 1919, and passed away on October 19, 2015.

Bill was an All-American fullback who played for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1940 to 1942 and for the University of Michigan Wolverines in 1943.

The Gophers were National Champions in his freshman and sophomore years.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and was assigned to the V-12 Navy College Training Program at the University of Michigan.

Bill played football for the Wolverines in 1943 where he rushed for 817 yards in just six games before being reassigned by the Navy.

Based on his performance in 1943, he was named an All-American and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Bill has the unique status of having played in and won Little Brown Jug games for both Minnesota and Michigan, compiling a record of 4-0 in those contests.

After active service in the Pacific Theater during World War II, Bill played professional football for three years in the All-America Football Conference with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1946), the Miami Seahawks (1946), the Chicago Rockets (1947), and the New York Yankees (1948).

Bill later was one of the radio announcers for Minnesota Golden Gophers football for ten years and for the Minnesota Vikings when they first arrived in Minnesota.

Since 1973, he has owned and operated the Daley Illustration Gallery in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bill was born and raised in Melrose, Minnesota.

After graduating from high school in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Daley moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue a career as a boxer.

Bill attended DePaul University in Chicago, where he met a track and field coach who persuaded him to pursue football.

Bill married his wife, Melba, in 1972.

He died on October 19, 2015 at the age of 96.

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