Bill Bradley (American football)

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Bill Bradley
Lamar Cardinals
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-01-24) January 24, 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth: Palestine, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69
Debuted in 1969 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 1977 for the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at
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William Calvin "Bill" Bradley (born January 24, 1947 in Palestine, Texas) is an American football coach and former defensive back in the National Football League. He played with the Philadelphia Eagles for most of his career.

Early years[edit]

A native of Palestine, Texas, Bradley was a quarterback at Palestine High School, where his running and passing skills gained him selection as a high school All-American.[citation needed] His football talents, including the reputed ability to pass with either hand, earned him the nickname "Super Bill."[citation needed] He also participated in the Big 33 football game for the Texas All-Stars in 1966

College career[edit]

Bradley entered the University of Texas at Austin in 1965 and became the starting quarterback in 1966 as a sophomore. While a good running quarterback, he was eventually replaced at quarterback by James Street, coinciding with Texas's switch to the wishbone formation on offense. After a brief trial at wide receiver, Bradley began playing defensive back.

Bradley recorded a Texas single-game record of four interceptions in the Longhorns' 35–14 win over Texas A&M as a senior, a mark that still stands as the best-ever by a Southwest Conference performer. He played in the 1969 Hula Bowl, the Coaches All-America Game and the College All-Star Game.[citation needed] Bradley earned UT's 1968 D.H. Byrd Leadership Award.[citation needed]


  • UT Record - Most Offensive Yards, season (1,624)[1]

NFL career[edit]

Bradley was drafted in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles as a punter/defensive back. He went on to earn three All-Pro selections (1971–73) at free safety, including first team All-Pro in 1971 and 1972. In addition, he served as the Eagles' punter, punt returner, and kick returner. Bradley led the NFL in interceptions in both 1971 (11) and 1972 (9), the first player ever to lead the league in interceptions in consecutive seasons, a feat matched only once since. In 1971, he also led the NFL in yards after an interception with 248. These achievements did not draw widespread attention, though, as the Eagle's record for those 2 years was 6–7–1 and 2–11–1. He played his final year as the Eagle free safety in 1976, replaced by John Sanders, ending his career as a punt and kick returner for the St. Louis Cardinals the following year.

Bradley is a member of the Texas High School, University of Texas, Philadelphia Eagles and Texas Sports Halls of Fame.[citation needed]

Coaching career[edit]

Bradley's first coaching assignment was as defensive backs coach for the San Antonio Gunslingers of the USFL in 1983–1984, before moving on to the Memphis Showboats with head coach Pepper Rodgers in 1985. Bradley then went to his old college, The University of Texas, as a voluntary assistant coach in 1987 for new head coach David McWilliams. From 1988 to 1990 he served as defensive back coach and defensive coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League under head coach Wally Buono.

Coach Mike Riley asked Bradley to coach the secondary for him in the World League of American Football (WLAF) as his defensive back coach from 1991 to 1993. Bradley then went back to the CFL and coached with Kay Stephenson for the Sacramento Gold Miners/San Antonio Texans in 1994–1995 as defensive coordinator before moving back to Canada with the Toronto Argonauts win two Grey Cups in 1996–1997. He then served as defensive backs coach for Wade Phillips, Ted Cottrell and the Buffalo Bills 1998–2000 before moving to the New York Jets from 2001 to 2003.

Bradley returned to college coaching when his former Eagle teammate Guy Morriss hired him to be defensive coordinator for 2004–2006 at Baylor University. His last stop in the NFL has been with Ted Cottrell and San Diego Chargers from 2006 to 2008.

During 2009 and 2010, he was the secondary coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.[2] Bradley was hired to be the secondary Coach of the Hartford Colonials in the UFL but the league pulled the plug on the team for lack of funds before he could coach a game.

Bradley was hired by Ray Woodard as the defensive coordinator of the Lamar Cardinals football team in 2012.[3]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marvin Kristynik
University of Texas Quarterback
Succeeded by
James Street