Virginia's Bill Dudley dies at 88

February, 4, 2010
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Bill Dudley, who was regarded by many as one of the greatest players in Virginia's history, died on Thursday at his home in Lynchburg. He was 88.

Dudley lettered at Virginia from 1939-1941 and won the Maxwell Trophy in 1941 as the nation's top player. As a 19-year-old halfback, he led the nation in scoring (134 points), touchdowns (18) and all-purpose yards (1675). He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior.

"Everyone associated with the University of Virginia and our athletics programs is saddened by the passing of Bill Dudley," athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a prepared statement. "His accomplishments as both a college and professional athlete are well documented by the various awards he earned during his playing career. Stated succinctly, Bill Dudley was one of the all-time greats in college and pro football.

"Most of all, Bill Dudley truly distinguished himself in the way he was an ambassador for the University of Virginia throughout his life. There will never be a better representative of the University than 'Bullet' Bill Dudley. We all share the sorrow and the loss felt by members of Bill's family."

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