Bill Winneshiek

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Bill Winneshiek
No. 3, 8
Position: Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: December 24, 1894
Place of birth: Winnebago County, Iowa
Date of death: September 15, 1949(1949-09-15) (aged 56)
Place of death: Wilmington, Delaware
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College: Carlisle Indian
Career history
Oorang Indians (1922)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

William Phineus Winneshiek, also spelled Winneshick and referred to as NahiSonwahika (December 24, 1892 – September 15, 1949), was a professional football player who played in the National Football League during the 1922 season, at age 37. That season, he joined the NFL's Oorang Indians. The Indians were a team based in LaRue, Ohio, composed only of Native Americans, and coached by Jim Thorpe. Bill was a member of the Ho-Chunk or Winnebago tribe.[1]

He attended Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania where he befriended Jim Thorpe. In addition to playing with the NFL, Bill was an Assistant Football Coach at Lebanon Valley College , a professional musician in Chief Winneshiek's All Indian Band, and traveled to the Antarctic with Admiral Byrd. He later married Marie Marguerite Zerbe, an elementary school teacher. The two had a son, named William Sherwood Winneshiek, who would later fly 49 B-17 missions over Germany during World War II and culminating his military as Director of Communications at NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO.[2] They also had a daughter, Doris Winona Winneshiek who became a nurse and writer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
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External links[edit]

  • Whitman, Robert L. (1984). Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The N.F.L.'s Most Colorful Franchise. [Mount Gilead, OH]: Marion County Historical Society. OCLC 717439558. 
  • Uniform Numbers of the NFL