Bill Willis

William Karnet Willis (October 5, 1921 – 27, 2007) was an defensive tackle who played eight seasons for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America (AAFC) and the National League ().

Known for his quickness and strength despite his small stature, Willis was one of the dominant defensive players of the 1940s and early 1950s.

He was named an All-Pro in every season of his and reached the 's Pro in three of the four seasons he played in the league.

His and style of play were emulated by other teams, and his versatility as a pass-rusher and coverage man influenced the development of the modern-day linebacker position.

When he retired, Cleveland Paul Brown called him “one of the outstanding linemen in the of professional ”.

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