Bill McPeak
Date of birth: (1926-07-26)July 26, 1926
Place of birth: New Castle, Pennsylvania
Date of death: May 7, 1991(1991-05-07) (aged 64)
Place of death: Foxboro, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s): Defensive end
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1948 / Round: 16 / Pick: 142
 As player:
1949-1957 Pittsburgh Steelers
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 3
Playing stats at

William Patrick McPeak (July 24, 1926 – May 7, 1991) was an American football player and National Football League coach.


Playing careerEdit

Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, McPeak was a star defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played from 1949 to 1957. It was during the final two years of his playing career that he would also become an assistant coach for the team.

Head coaching careerEdit

In 1959, McPeak joined the Washington Redskins as an assistant under head coach Mike Nixon. After Nixon's dismissal following the 1960 NFL season, McPeak was promoted to head coach, and would remain in that position until 1965. Although the Redskins did not have a winning season under McPeak (he had an overall 21-46-3 record as head coach), it was during his tenure that the team would acquire players (many of whom would become Hall-of-Famers) that would eventually play a part in their later winning years such as Sonny Jurgensen and Bobby Mitchell, and draft future stars such as wide receiver Charley Taylor, tight end Jerry Smith, center Len Hauss, and linebacker Chris Hanburger.

Later coaching and scoutingEdit

In 1967, McPeak would join the Detroit Lions as an assistant coach, a position he held until 1972 when he moved on to the Miami Dolphins to replace Howard Schnellenberger who became head coach of the Baltimore Colts. Unfortunately he would only be an assistant in Miami for two seasons because he would suffer a stroke, and would take several years to recover. After his recovery, he would join the New England Patriots where he became director of scouting for a dozen years.

McPeak died of a heart attack on May 7, 1991 at the age of 64 at his home in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

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