|Position:||Defensive tackle / Defensive end|
December 14, 1949 |
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Lincoln (TX) La Marque|
|NFL Draft:||1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77|
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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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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). Gregory's replacement at right end, Jacob Green, would go on to become the Seahawks' all-time leader in sacks.
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