Bill Armstrong (defensive back)

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Bill Armstrong
Born: (1955-06-24) June 24, 1955 (age 63)
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Position(s)Defensive back
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
CollegeWake Forest
NFL draft1977 / Round: 8 / Pick: 213
Drafted byCleveland Browns
Career history
As player
1977Cleveland Browns*
19771978Hamilton Tiger-Cats
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Bill Armstrong (born June 24, 1955) is a former American football defensive back who played two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) in the eighth round of the 1977 NFL Draft.[1] Armstrong played college football at Wake Forest University.

College career[edit]

Armstrong played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons from 1973 to 1976.[2][3] He was originally a quarterback before converting to defensive back his sophomore year.[4] He was Wake Forest's first consensus football All-American in 1976.[4][5] Armstrong also earned Associated Press Third Team All-American honors in 1975.[6] He garnered First Team All-ACC recognition in 1975 and 1976.[6][7] He was selected to the 1977 East–West Shrine Game.[6] Armstrong set a school record for most career unassisted tackles with 271 while also recording 402 total tackles.[4] He won the Arnold Palmer Award, which is given to Wake Forest's best male athlete, in 1976.[4][6] He was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Armstrong was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary team in 2002. He was also named an ACC Legend in 2005. His number 19 has been retired by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Armstrong was selected by the Cleveland Browns of the NFL with the 213th pick in the 1977 NFL Draft.[8] He was released by the Browns on September 9, 1977.[9] He played in five games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL from 1977 to 1978.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Bill Armstrong". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "ACC Announces Inaugural Football Legends Class". hokiesports.com. November 16, 2005. Archived from the original on August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bill Armstrong". wakeforestsports.com. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "History & Tradition" (PDF). grfx.cstv.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Collins, Dan (March 25, 2015). "Deacons nominate Armstrong for College Hall of Fame". journalnow.com. Archived from the original on August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "1977 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "Deals". The Ludington Daily News. Associated Press. September 10, 1977. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  10. ^ "Bill Armstrong". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved August 5, 2015.

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