Bill Hewitt (American football)
|Date of birth:||October 8, 1909|
|Place of birth:||Bay City, Michigan|
|Date of death:||January 14, 1947(aged 37)|
|Place of death:||Sellersville, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
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William Ernest "Bill" Hewitt (October 8, 1909 – January 14, 1947) was a professional American football player in the National Football League. He played five seasons for the Chicago Bears (1932–1936), three for the Philadelphia Eagles (1937–1939), and one for the Phil-Pitt Steagles (1943). He is probably most remembered for his refusal to wear a helmet as the last NFL player not to wear one. He attended the University of Michigan.
Hewitt played for the Chicago Bears for five seasons from 1932−1936. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles with $4,000 in cash from the Bears in exchange for the rights to the first overall selection in the 1937 NFL Draft, Sam Francis, on February 15, 1937. Hewitt's game salary increased from $100 per game to $200 per game following the trade. He played for the Eagles for three seasons from 1937−1939, and the Steagles for one season in 1943.
After retiring from professional football in 1943, Hewitt worked for Supplee-Wills-Jones, a milk company, until September 1946. He died in a car crash on January 14, 1947.
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