Bill Simpson (American football)
|Date of birth||December 5, 1951|
|Place of birth||Detroit, Michigan|
|NFL draft||1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50|
|1974–1978||Los Angeles Rams|
William Thomas "Bill" Simpson (born December 5, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football defensive back who played in the National Football League from 1974–1982. Before his NFL career, he played defensive back and punted for Michigan State University and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2nd round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He was a standout athlete at Royal Oak Shrine High School and was elected to the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic High School League Hall of Fame in 2007.
He played 5 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (1974–1978) which culminated in his receiving several post-season awards:
1977 – Sporting News: 1st team all-conf.
1977 – UPI: 2nd team all-conf.
1978 – Pro Football Weekly: 1st team all-conf.
1978 – UPI: 2nd team all-conf.
During the 1981 wild card playoff game (played Dec 27, 1981 at Shea Stadium) he made a "final-seconds-last-play" end-zone interception – that would have otherwise allowed the NY Jets to win – robbing them of the chance to go on to advance to the divisional playoffs against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bill is the father to professional surfer Brett Simpson, a 2009 and 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing champion.
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