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Bill Quinlan

Bill Quinlan

American football player
Bill Quinlan
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Intro American football player
A.K.A. William David Quinlan
Was American football player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 June 1932, Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Death 10 November 2015, Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (aged 83 years)
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William David "Bill" Quinlan (June 19, 1932 – November 10, 2015) was an American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and the Washington Redskins. He also played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Quinlan played college football at Michigan State University and was drafted in the third round of the 1956 NFL Draft.

Early life

Quinlan was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and attended Lawrence High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduating high school in 1951, Quinlan attended Staunton Military Academy in 1952 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.

College career

Quinlan attended and played college football at Michigan State University.

Professional career

After graduating from Michigan State, Quinlan played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1954. He was then drafted in the third round (37th overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He joined the Browns in 1957 after serving in the United States Army in 1956. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1959, along with Lew Carpenter, in return for Billy Howton. In 1963, The Packers traded Quinlan and defensive back John Symank to the New York Giants for a high draft pick. The Giants immediately traded Quinlan to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Gene Gossage.

Personal life

Quinlan's father died when he was four years old, and his mother raised seven children. Quinlan died on November 10, 2015 in Methuen, Massachusetts. He lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts with his wife, Betty, and had previously survived cancer.

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