Bill Gregory

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Bill Gregory
No. 77
Position: Defensive tackle / Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1949-12-14) December 14, 1949 (age 67)
Galveston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Lincoln (TX) La Marque
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 2
Fumble recoveries: 6
Games started: 63
Games played: 142
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

William Penn Gregory, Jr. (born December 14, 1949) is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin.

Early years[edit]

Gregory attended Lincoln High School where he practiced football, basketball and track. He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, where he was named the starter at defensive tackle as a sophomore and finished second on the team in tackles with 75 (48 solo).

In 1969, he led the team in tackles with 102 (58 solo), receiving honorable mention All-Big Ten and second team Big Ten All-Academic honors. In 1970, he was moved to defensive end and received All-Big Ten and third-team All-American honors.[1]

In 2007, he was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Gregory was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (77th overall pick) of the 1971 NFL Draft. He served mainly as a backup defensive tackle and defensive end, to some of the Cowboys greatest defensive players: Bob Lilly, Jethro Pugh, George Andrie, Larry Cole, Randy White, Harvey Martin and Ed "Too Tall" Jones.

He was a part-time starter at right defensive tackle in 1975 (6 starts) and 1976 (6 starts) following Lilly's retirement at the conclusion of 1974. A knee injury slowed him in the early part of the 1977 season, but he ended up starting the final 2 regular season games and playing as a substitute in Super Bowl XII.

On August 28, 1978, he was traded along with a third round draft choice to the Seattle Seahawks, in exchange for a third (#76-Doug Cosbie) and a sixth round (#155-Tim Lavender) draft choices.[3] The Seahawks traded the third round draft choice they received to the San Francisco 49ers, which they used to select future hall of famer Joe Montana.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

In 1978, the Seattle Seahawks named him the starter at right defensive end and went on to register a then franchise record 9 sacks and also 65 tackles.[4][5] The next year, he finished with 6.5 sacks and 64 tackles. On August 17, 1981, he was waived after playing for the Seahawks in 46 games (43 starts).[6] Gregory's replacement at right end, Jacob Green, would go on to become the Seahawks' all-time leader in sacks.

Personal life[edit]

After leaving football, Gregory worked for IBM until his retirement.


  1. ^ "2007 Wisconsin Hall of Fame Induction Friday". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Athletic Department Hall Of Fame". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Seattle Gets Dallas Tackle". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Seahawks Come Of Age". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "1978: Sims for six". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Seahawks cut vet Gregory". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

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