Bill Quinlan
No. 84, 83, 85     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1932-06-19)June 19, 1932
Place of birth: Lawrence, Massachusetts
Date of death: November 10, 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 83)
Place of death: Methuen, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 3 / Pick: 37
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1954)
Career highlights and awards
Games played     111
Interceptions     3
Fumble recoveries     2
Stats at
Stats at

William David "Bill" Quinlan (June 19, 1932 – November 10, 2015) was an American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and the Washington Redskins. He also played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Quinlan played college football at Michigan State University and was drafted in the third round of the 1956 NFL Draft.

Early lifeEdit

Quinlan was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and attended Lawrence High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.[1] After graduating high school in 1951, Quinlan attended Staunton Military Academy in 1952 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.[2]

College careerEdit

Quinlan attended and played college football at Michigan State University.

Professional careerEdit

After graduating from Michigan State, Quinlan played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1954.[3] He was then drafted in the third round (37th overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He joined the Browns in 1957 after serving in the United States Army in 1956.[4] He was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1959, along with Lew Carpenter, in return for Billy Howton.[5] In 1963, The Packers traded Quinlan and defensive back John Symank to the New York Giants for a high draft pick. The Giants immediately traded Quinlan to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Gene Gossage.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Quinlan's father died when he was four years old, and his mother raised seven children.[1] Quinlan died on November 10, 2015 in Methuen, Massachusetts.[6] He lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts with his wife, Betty, and had previously survived cancer.[1]



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