Bill Kay
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Kay c. 1948
No. 33
Personal information
Born:(1925-04-04)April 4, 1925
Walnut, Iowa
Died:May 23, 2007(2007-05-23) (aged 82)
Omaha, Nebraska
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1949 / Round: 4 / Pick: 35
Career history
*Iowa Hawkeyes (1945–1948)
Career highlights and awards
*Team MVP (1946)

William A. "Bill" Kay (April 4, 1925 – May 23, 2007) was an American football tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Iowa.

University of IowaEdit

Kay was a prominent member of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team of the University of Iowa.


Kay is listed as team MVP.[1] Kay helped clear the way for Bob Smith, the team's first 500-yard rusher since Ozzie Simmons in 1936.[2][3]


He was selected second-team All-American[4] and first team All-Big Nine by the Associated Press.[5][6] He led the conference in minutes played.[2] In his final game, he blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for an Iowa touchdown in a win over Boston University.[2][7] Kay also played in all-star football games.[8][9]

New York GiantsEdit

Kay entered the 1949 season injured.[10] He was drafted in the 4th round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Kay was one of seven tackles signed to the team in 1949.[11] Kay signed a one-year contract reportedly worth $6,750.[12]


  1. "Iowa's All-Time Team MVPs". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 L. Hammes. Hawkeye Greats, by the Numbers. p. 143.
  3. "Kay Named Iowa Game Captain". Daily Illini. October 3, 1947.
  4. Ted Smits (1948-12-01). "Bear Guard on A.P.A.A. Eleven". Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  5. "All Big 9 Gridders". Lawrence Daily Journal-World (AP story): p. 10. November 23, 1948.,4744685.
  6. "Wolves Land 4, Illini None On First All-Big 9 Eleven". Daily Illini. November 23, 1948.
  7. "Iowa's Mt. Rushmore: OT".
  8. Raymond Schmidt. Football's Stars of Summer: A History of the College All-Star Football Game. p. 306.
  9. "Northern Coach Names Starter". St. Petersburg Times. December 24, 1948.,1341908&hl=en.
  10. "Grid Injuries Part of Game Say Officials". The Milwaukee Journal. August 13, 1949.,1177064&hl=en.
  11. "New York Giants Football Team Adds 7 Tackles". Times Daily. February 4, 1949.,1914306&hl=en.
  12. "Giants Sign Tackle". The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 5, 1949.
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