|Date of birth:||April 29, 1936|
|Place of birth:||Springtown, Texas|
|Date of death:||November 20, 2006(aged 70)|
|Place of death:||Houston, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||224 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Weatherford (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1958 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18|
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He left the Chicago Bears of the NFL after the 1960 season to play for the AFL champion Houston Oilers. He was the only one to switch leagues for five years, until kicker Pete Gogolak went from the AFL to the NFL in 1966.
In 1962, Dewveall caught the (then) longest pass reception for a touchdown in professional football history, 98 yards, from Jacky Lee, against the San Diego Chargers. He was an American Football League All-Star in 1962.
He was Dandy Don's favorite receiver, and All-American at SMU. Selected by the Bears in the second round of the 1958 NFL draft, Dewveall played a year in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1958 under head coach Bud Grant, and they won the Grey Cup. He returned to the United States and played for the Bears for two seasons in 1959 and 1960.
- "Chicago Bears veteran Dewveall joins". Victoria Advocate. Texas. Associated Press. January 14, 1961. p. 8.
- "Signing of Gogolak could trigger football battle". Ludington Daily News. Michigan. Associated Press. May 18, 1966. p. 12.
- "Sports shorts". Milwaukee Journal. January 9, 1958. p. 19, part 2.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference • Databasefootball.com
- Willard Dewveall at Find a Grave
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