Billy Hardee

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Billy Hardee
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Date of birth (1954-08-12)August 12, 1954
Place of birth Lakeland, Florida
Date of death July 4, 2011(2011-07-04) (aged 56)
Place of death Phoenix, Arizona
Career information
Position(s) Defensive back
College Virginia Tech
Career history
As player
1976 Denver Broncos
1977 New York Jets
1978 Calgary Stampeders
1978–1981 Toronto Argonauts
1981–1982 Ottawa Rough Riders
1984–1985 Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars
Career stats

William Abraham "Billy" Hardee, Jr (August 12, 1954, – July 4, 2011) was an American football defensive back.

College career[edit]

He played college football for Virginia Tech from 1972 to 1975. Hardee started his collegiate career as a wide receiver, transitioning to defensive back in 1974. Hardee finished in the Top 10 nationally in 1975, with seven interceptions. This, along with his work as a kickoff returner, earned him Honorable Mention as an AP All American and a spot on the National Independent All-Star Football squad. Hardee was elected into the Virginia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. [1]

Professional career[edit]

Following graduation from Virginia Tech, Hardee went on to play in the National Football League, the Canadian Football League and the United States Football League. Hardee retired from professional football in 1985.

After retirement[edit]

He worked in the administration department at Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, Florida. He and his wife Deborah have three children of which, their son (Billy III) went on to follow in his dad's footsteps and play for the Hokies from 1999 to 2001.


Hardee died from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident near Phoenix, AZ. [2] He was in a coma for two days and died shortly thereafter July 4, 2011.

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