Bill Enyart
Date of birth: (1947-04-28) April 28, 1947 (age 73)
Place of birth: Pawhuska, OK
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27
 As player:
AFL Buffalo Bills
NFL Buffalo Bills
NFL Oakland Raiders
Career highlights and awards
Honors: 1968 All-American
1969 Hula Bowl MVP
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame
For the Illinois National Guard adjutant general and politician, see William Enyart.

William "Bill" "Earthquake" Donald Enyart (born April 28, 1947 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma) is a former American football player who played for the Buffalo Bills from 1969–1970 and for the Oakland Raiders in 1971.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Enyart grew up in Medford, Oregon and was a standout prep athlete at Medford High School. In his three seasons playing varsity football, the "Black Tornado" compiled a 26-3-1 record and an A-1 state title in his sophomore season.

College career[edit | edit source]

Enyart played college football for the Oregon State Beavers. Enyart played four seasons with the Beavers, earning 1st team All-Pac-8 Conference honors in 1967 and 1968 and 1st team All-American honors in 1968.[1] After spending his freshman year on the "Rook" team, Enyart played linebacker in his sophomore (1966) season. He was the starting fullback for the famed 1967 Oregon State Giant Killer team.

In his senior season in 1968, Enyart set a school record with 1,304 yards rushing, while scoring 17 touchdowns, for a total of 102 points.[1] Against the University of Utah, he carried the ball 50 times for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In the three seasons Enyart lettered, the Beavers posted an overall record of 21-8-1. Enyart was chosen to play in 5 post-season All-Star games: East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, Coaches All-America Bowl, College All-Star Game, and the Hula Bowl, where he was named the outstanding back.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Enyart played in 14 games in his first season in the American Football League for the Buffalo Bills before the AFL-NFL merger. After the merge, he played all 14 games for the Bills in their first season in the National Football League. The following year, Enyart was traded to the Oakland Raiders where he played 1 game before a career ending injury.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Enyart was inducted into the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. In May 2011, he was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.[2] He currently works as a Medicaid care provider in Bend, Oregon.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ex-Beaver Enyart Enters Hall of Fame," The Oregonian, July 22, 2012, pg. C3.
  2. "College Football Hall tabs Class of 2011". ESPN. Associated Press. May 17, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
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