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Bill Paschal

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William Avner Paschal Jr May 28, 1921 – May 25, 2003 was an American football running back in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the Boston Yanks


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Professional career
  • 3 Personal
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Paschal was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Tech High School, where he played football and track He then played briefly at Georgia Tech before injuring his knee After the injury, he left school and went to work as a railroad switchman in Georgia

Professional career

After his knee healed, Paschal got a tryout with the New York Giants on the recommendation of the sportswriter Grantland Rice and eventually signed with New York in 1943 for $1,500 He became the first player to win consecutive rushing championships in the NFL, gaining 572 yards on 147 carries in his rookie year and 737 yards on 196 rushes in his second year He also led the league in rushing touchdowns both years, with ten in 1943 and nine in 1944

Paschal was then traded to the Boston Yanks during the 1947 season and played through 1948, before retiring He gained 2,430 yards with 28 rushing touchdowns for his career


Paschal had a wife, Carolyn, and four daughters and a son

See also

  • Biography portal
  • History of the New York Giants 1925-1978


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bill Paschal, 81, an NFL Rushing Leader" New York Times May 29, 2003 Retrieved 2008-11-14 

External links

  • "Bill Paschal" Find a Grave Retrieved August 11, 2010 

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