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Bill Bergey

Bill Bergey
No. 66
Position: Middle Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-02-09) February 9, 1945
Place of birth: South Dayton, New York
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
College: Arkansas State
NFL draft: 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games: 159
Interceptions: 27
Fumble recoveries: 21
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

William Earl Bergey (born February 9, 1945) is a former American collegiate and Professional Football player. He played collegiately for Arkansas State University and for the American Football League's Cincinnati Bengals and the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles.

Contents

  • College career 1
  • Professional career 2
    • Cincinnati Bengals 2.1
    • Philadelphia Eagles 2.2
  • Personal 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • See also 6

College career

Bergey was born in South Dayton, New York in 1945 and graduated from Arkansas State University (ASU) in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. He was an All-American with the Arkansas State Indians and has been voted by fans the Top Player in Arkansas State history.[1] He was a charter member of Delta Eta chapter of Kappa Alpha Order at ASU.

Bergey set ASU records for best tackling average in a season, most fumble recoveries in a season, most tackles in a game, most tackles in a season, and most career tackles. In 1968, Bergey averaged 19.6 tackles per game. He played in three post-season all-star games during his ASU career; he was selected to the All-Southland Conference team three times and to the Southland Conference All-First Decade Team. Bergey's jersey number 66 was retired by ASU.[2]

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

Bergey was drafted by the American Football League's Cincinnati Bengals in the second round in 1969 and was an AFL All-Star in his first year.[3] Bergey started for the Bengals for five years. After Bergey signed a "futures contract" with the World Football League, Bengals coach Paul Brown traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for two first-round and one second-round draft picks.[4] When the WFL folded, his contract became voided. Bergey played a key role in the Eagles' subsequent rise, culminating in the trip to Super Bowl XV.

Philadelphia Eagles

With the Eagles, Bergey, a four-time All-Pro, set the NFL record for most interceptions by a linebacker and became the highest-paid defensive player in the league with a four-year contract for $1 million.[5] He earned Eagles MVP status three times. Bergey recorded 233 tackles in a single season with the Eagles. He was a popular player who was the foundation of the "Gang Green" defense that brought the Eagles back to the playoffs in 1978, 1979, and to the Super Bowl in 1980.[6] He retired from professional football in 1981. He was inducted into the Eagles Roll of Honor in 1988.[7]

Personal

During his playing days, Bergey served as a lieutenant in the Army Reserve.[8]

Bergey served as a color commentator on Eagles radio broadcasts from 1982 to 1983, and now does pre-game and post-game radio and television commentary for the team during the season.[9] He currently lives in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with his wife Micky. He is a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.[10]

His son Jake Bergey is a retired lacrosse player for the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League and his son Josh Bergey is a retired lacrosse player for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the Major League Lacrosse.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Bill Bergey". Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "ASU to retire number Saturday at football game". The Herald Archives. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bill Bergey". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "BILL BERGEY All-Pro NFL Football Player". Arkansas State University. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "BILL BERGEY All-Pro NFL Football Player". Arkansas State University. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "'"Bergey: House Fire 'Devastating. Philly.Com. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bill Bergey". Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ 1979 Topps football card # 20
  9. ^ "BERGEY TO SERVE AS EAGLES’ HONORARY CAPTAIN VS. JETS". Bleed Green. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "BILL BERGEY". Grater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Josh Bergey enjoying life on sidelines Marple Newtown rookie lacrosse coach says the Tigers are on their way to contending.". Philly.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

External links

  • Pro-Football-Reference.Com
  • Report


See also

Preceded by
Jim Barniak
Philadelphia Eagles Radio Color Commentator
1982-1983
Succeeded by
Stan Walters

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