Bill Glass

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Bill Glass
Date of birth: (1935-08-16) August 16, 1935 (age 79)
Place of birth: Texarkana, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Defensive End
College: Baylor
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick 12
As player:
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 4
Career stats
Playing stats at

William Sheppeard Glass (born August 16, 1935 in Texarkana, Texas) is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League, beginning with the Detroit Lions and finishing his career as a standout with the Cleveland Browns. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Glass lettered three years at Baylor University (1954–56) and was unanimous All-America guard in 1956. He made 154 tackles in 10 games. His pro career covered one year with Saskatchewan in the Canadian Football League (1957); then four years with Detroit (1958–61); and seven years with Cleveland (1962–68).

Bill Glass published a memoir called "Get in the Game!"

Glass followed in his older brothers footsteps out onto the football field. From then on he found his way to national recognition and rating as an all-American football player at Baylor University. Glass lettered three years at Baylor University (1954–56) and was agreed on by everyone as All-America guard in 1956. He was drafted #12 in the first round of the 1957 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions, but chose to sign with the Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Roughriders. After a year in the CFL, signed with and spent four years with Detroit. He was traded to Cleveland in 1962 as part of the trade that sent quarterback Jim Ninowski back to Cleveland, along with running back Howard "Hopalong" Cassady. In return, the Lions received quarterback Milt Plum, running back Tom Watkins and linebacker Dave Lloyd.

Glass started for seven years with Cleveland. He became a Pro Bowl defensive end with the Browns, playing a key role in the team's NFL championship in 1964 and Eastern Division championship in 1965. He retired after the 1968 season.

Bill Glass published a memoir called "Get in the Game!” this biography is the viewpoint and life story of ‘The greatest Defensive End of the Cleveland Browns.’ He co-authored "Stand Tall and Straight" [1967, Word Press] with Stan and Dr. Leslie E. Moser—advising young men on successful life skills which went into multiple printings.

Glass spent several off-seasons attending Southwestern Seminary. He worked with Rev. Billy Graham, who encouraged Glass toward a life in the ministry. He founded Bill Glass Ministries in 1969. Since 1972, his efforts have focused on prison ministries, bringing the gospel to inmates across America.