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 life Edit
Quinlan was born in
Lawrence, Massachusetts and attended Lawrence High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduating high school in 1951, Quinlan attended  Staunton Military Academy in 1952 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
College career Edit
Quinlan attended and played
college football at Michigan State University.
Professional career Edit
After graduating from Michigan State, Quinlan played for the
Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1954. 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. He was traded to the  Green Bay Packers in 1959, along with Lew Carpenter, in return for Billy Howton. 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.
Personal life Edit
Quinlan's father died when he was four years old, and his mother raised seven children.
Quinlan died on November 10, 2015 in Methuen, Massachusetts.  He lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts with his wife, Betty, and had previously survived cancer.