Bill Supplee
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Supplee of the Maryland athletic board in 1942
Position:End, back
Personal information
Born:c. 1903
Washington, D.C.
Died:July 1966
Laurel, Maryland
Career information
College:Maryland (1923–1926)
Career highlights and awards
*1923 second-team All-American

William C. "Zuke" Supplee (December 21, 1903 – July 1966)[1] was an American educator and college athlete. He attended the University of Maryland where he played college football and basketball for the Maryland Terrapins, and competed in track & field. In 1923, he received second-team All-America football honors, which made him the first Maryland player honored as such.

Early life and college[edit | edit source]

Supplee was born in Washington, D.C.[2] In 1922, he enrolled at the University of Maryland. During his initial year, he competed on the freshman track and football teams. Supplee earned varsity football letters each of the next three seasons.[2] In 1923, Supplee was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, which made him the first Maryland football player to receive All-America honors.[3][4] His performances during the team's win against Penn and its narrow loss to period powerhouse, Yale, have been cited as the main reasons for his selection.[5] He also received an All-America honorable mention from Walter Camp.[6] In 1924, he was selected to the All-South Atlantic and the All-Maryland football teams, the latter of which was composed of the state's best players. Walter Camp again named Supplee an honorable mention All-American.[7] In his final season in 1925, he served as the football team's captain.[2]

Despite all of his athletic endeavors, Supplee excelled in his academic studies. One of his professors said of him, "To those who slander the American athlete as being a poor student and inferior intellect, I should like to point out Supplee as Maryland's refutation."[2] Supplee graduated in 1926 with a bachelor of science degree in education.[2]

Later life[edit | edit source]

He later earned a doctorate and served on the university's faculty as a chemistry professor in the 1940s and 1950s.[8][9][10][11] He also served on the university's athletic board.[9]

Supplee and his wife, Grace, had two daughters. He drowned in 1966 at Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Laurel, Maryland at the age of 63.[12] His wife, Grace died in 2000. In 1982, Supplee was posthumously inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.[13][14]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. WILLIAM SUPPLEE (1903-1966), Social Security Death Index
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Reveille, Class of 1926, University of Maryland yearbook.
  3. "ACC All-Americans", 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Media Guide, 2007, retrieved 23 December 2008.
  4. All-Time Honors, 2001 Maryland Terrapins Football Media Guide, University of Maryland and CBS Sports, retrieved 22 December 2008.
  5. David Ungrady, Tales from the Maryland Terrapins, p. 26, Sports Publishing LLC, 2003, ISBN 1-58261-688-4.
  6. WALTER CAMP PICKS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS; Yale and Cornell Each Receive Two Places on the First Eleven. 26 UNIVERSITIES INCLUDED Twenty-three Eastern Players, Eight Western and Two Southern Named in Collier's, The New York Times, December 18, 1923.
  7. Reveille, Class of 1925, University of Maryland.
  8. Reveille, Class of 1931, University of Maryland yearbook.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Terrapin, Class of 1948, University of Maryland yearbook.
  10. Terrapin, Class of 1941, University of Maryland yearbook.
  11. Terrapin, Class of 1950, University of Maryland yearbook.
  12. DR. SUPPLEE 63, DROWNS; Former Researcher At U.M. Was Outstanding Athlete, The Baltimore Sun, July 27, 1966.
  13. Appendix H: University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame 1982-1998 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found., The M Club, retrieved 23 December 2008.
  14. Maryland Athletics Walk of Fame and History Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found., "Traditions", University of Maryland Terrapins Athletics official website, retrieved 23 December 2008.
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