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Hall of Fame Redskins: Bill Dudley


Throughout the 2009 regular season, the Redskins are putting a spotlight on a Hall of Fame player each week. This week: Bill Dudley:

Bill Dudley made a significant impact for the Redskins despite only playing for the team for three seasons.

Even though he was not considered one of the fastest players in the league, Dudley was known as "Bullet Bill." The 5-10, 182-pound halfback made his impression felt at every stop. He is the only person to win MVP awards in college, the military and at the professional level.

Dudley was traded to the Redskins at the end of the 1949 season and stayed with the team until 1953. He took a hiatus from the sport in 1952. During his years in Washington, Dudley led the team in scoring each season. He was named first- or second-team All-NFL six times in his career and was named to three Pro Bowls.

In 1946, while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dudley led the league in rushing, punt returns, interceptions and lateral passes. He was named the NFL's Most Valuable player award that year and is the only player to lead the NFL in four different statistical categories.

During one memorable play in the burgundy and gold, Dudley caught a punt that was heading out of bounds at the 4-yard line, kept his feet in play and then returned it for a 96-yard touchdown.

Dudley's most impressive career statistic may be that he led his team in scoring in each of his nine NFL seasons.


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