Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt was born in Bay City Michigan and attended Bay City Central High School. In college, he played for the University of Michigan at both fullback and end. As a pro, Hewitt played for the Chicago Bears for his first 5 seasons (1932-1936) and then finished out his career with 3 more seasons in Philadelphia, retired in 1939 and then came back in 1943 to play  for the Steagles (a combined WWII team of the Eagles and Steelers that enable both teams to continue during a financial crisis for the NFL).

Several retired players like Hewitt returned from retirement during the war.

In Chicago, Hewitt had 52 receptions for 939 yards and 19 touchdowns. The passing games was much more modest in Hewitt’s era. In 1934, he was the league leader in touchdown receptions with 5. Overall for his career, he had 103 receptions in his career for 1638 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Hewitt was exceptional on both offense and defense. On defense he seemed to have a second sense for exactly when the ball was centered–he was nicknamed the “Offside Kid” because opposing teams thought he was offside. Hewitt would point out the refs were watching carefully and didn’t see it that way! On offense in critical situations, Hewitt especially enjoyed trick plays that fooled unsuspecting defenders. He was said to be the creator of some of those schemes. He was a 4-time All Pro. Hewitt was enshrined into the Pro Football Class of 1971. He is named as one the 100 Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time.

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