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Bill Osmanski

Bill Osmanski
Date of birth (1915-12-29)December 29, 1915
Place of birth Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Date of death December 25, 1996(1996-12-25) (aged 80)
Place of death Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Fullback
College Holy Cross
NFL draft 1939 / Round: 1 / Pick 6
Career history
As player
1939–1947 Chicago Bears
Career highlights and awards
Honors NFL 1940s All-Decade Team
Career stats
  • Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com
  • College Football Hall of Fame

William Thomas "Bill" Osmanski (December 29, 1915 – December 25, 1996) was an American football player and coach. Bill was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973 and in 1977 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

College of the Holy Cross

After graduating from Central High School in Providence, Osmanski attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He played fullback for the Crusaders from 1936 to 1938. These three seasons were some of the most successful in Holy Cross' football history with the record of 23–3–3. "Bullet Bill" was named an All-American in 1938. He was named the Most Valuable Player at the College All-Star Game in 1939. His jersey number, 25, was retired by Holy Cross.

Chicago Bears

Osmanski was drafted in the 1st round (6th pick overall) of the 1939 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. The pick paid immediate dividends for the Bears as Osmanski led the NFL in rushing in 1939 with 699 yards. The Bears also selected Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman in the 1st round, forming the backbone of the Bears' great 1940s teams, which won championships in 1940, 1941, 1943, and 1946. Osmanski did not play for the Bears in the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to World War II. He served in the United States Marine Corps during these years, in Guam, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa. Osmanski retired from professional football following the 1947 season.

After retirement

Coaching

After his retirement from the professional game, Osmanski became the head coach at his alma mater, Holy Cross. He coached the Crusaders for two seasons, 1948 and 1949, going 6–14.

Dentistry career

During his playing years with the Bears, Osmanski attended dental school at Northwestern University. Following his coaching years, Osmanski opened a practice in Chicago. He died in Chicago on Christmas Day, 1996.

References

  • College Football Hall of Fame biography
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