Happy Birthday to North Texas Hall of Famer Bill Bishop

Born on this day in the year of our Lord, 1931, former North Texas defensive lineman Bill Bishop.

Bishop played offensive and defensive line for Borger high school and at 6-3, 230 pounds of West Texas tough - all that earned a spot on the great Odus Mitchell’s teams at North Texas. By his senior year, he was the bell cow of North Texas defensive line, having bulked up to 245 pounds, earning All-Gulf Coast Conference in 1951.

Bishop, #73, playing for Papa Bear.

The Steelers selected Bishop in the eleventh round of the 1952 NFL draft but traded him to George “Papa Bear” Halas and the Bears. Bishop went on to a twelve-year pro career with the Bears and later, the Vikings, playing 107 games for the Bears and earning Pro-Bowl honors in 1954. He became the first team captain of the new Minnesota franchise.

After the Vikings selected Bishop in the expansion draft, Bishop helped spike ticket sales by going after his former coach Halas, but it was all for show. He was always a Bear, he and his wife would meet up with former players and their families well into the 1990s.

Bishop earned a whopping $5,200 a year playing football and to make ends meet he managed foundries in the offseason. He also served in the Air Force reserves.

He passed away in 1998, too young, at the age of 67.

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