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Bill Stanfill (1947 - 2016)

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Bill Stanfill (1947 - 2016)

Bill Stanfill, a former Miami Dolphins defensive end, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, of complications from a bad fall, according to multiple news sources. He was 69.

Stanfill was a member of Miami’s legendary No-Name Defense that helped secure two Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. He was a first-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 1969 and spent his entire professional career with the team. He played eight seasons, from 1969 to 1976, making four Pro-Bowl appearances. In an era before sacks were an officially recorded statistic, he tallied 67.5.

“Bill was an outstanding player and a key contributor to our Super Bowl championship teams,” former Dolphins head coach, Don Shula, said. “His constant pressure on the opposing quarterback helped make our great No-Name defense even better. I enjoyed coaching him, and I want to extend my condolences to his family on his passing.”


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Stanfill was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Cairo, Georgia. He excelled athletically and attended the University of Georgia where he was a standout defensive tackle. He was awarded the Outland Trophy and named an All-American in 1968. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

“Bill was probably the greatest athlete as a lineman I ever coached,” said Vince Dooley, former Georgia coach. “Bill was a great person, great warrior, and a great Bulldog.”

Injuries to his neck and knees brought an end to his football career by 1976. These injuries contributed to ongoing health problems. Four of his neck vertebrae were fused, and he had trouble tipping his head back, he told Sports Illustrated in an article detailing injuries to former NFL players.

After his playing days, he lived in Albany, Georgia, where he worked in real estate.

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