Bill Stevenson (Canadian football)

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Bill Stevenson
No. 62
Date of birth: June 4, 1951
Place of birth: High Prairie, Alberta
Date of death: March 19, 2007(2007-03-19) (aged 55)
Place of death: Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): OT/G
College: Drake
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Drafted by: Miami Dolphins
Organizations
As player:
1974-1975
1975-1988
Memphis Southmen - WFL
Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star: 1981

Bill Stevenson (June 4, 1951 in High Prairie, Alberta – March 19, 2007 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former professional Canadian football player with the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos. After playing college football at Drake University, he was drafted by the NFL's Miami Dolphins and played in the World Football League with the Memphis Southmen for two seasons. Then Stevenson spent his entire 14 year CFL career with the Eskimos, the first three as a defensive lineman and the remainder as an offensive lineman. He was named CFL All-Star 2 times and was a part of a CFL record seven Grey Cup championship teams with the Eskimos.

After his playing career ended, Stevenson struggled in his business and personal life, suffered through bankruptcy and divorce, and was forced to take refuge in shelters for the homeless. He died in 2007 in an accident when he slipped and fell backwards down the stairs in his mother's home in Edmonton.[1]

On November 19, 2008, the CBC Television show The Fifth Estate suggested that Stevenson, who went through years of alcohol abuse and destitution, suffered from the effects of years of unreported head injuries from playing professional football. Teammates York Hentschel and David Boone are believed to have suffered from the same injuries.[2]

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