Willie Gault was born in Griffin, Georgia, and went to Griffin High School where he played football and ran track. He enrolled at the University of Tennessee and continued his athletic career in both sports. At Tennessee, he played receiver and returned kicks and punts. In college, he was also a hurdler and sprinter who would have competed at the 1980 Olympics had the United States not boycotted the event. He was certainly numbered among the fastest athletes alive.
Gault was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1983 draft. He played for the Bears from 1983-1987 and then the Los Angeles Raiders from 1988-1993. Gault had 184 receptions for 3,650 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Bears. He had 37 kick returns for 885 yards and 1 touchdown. While with the Bears, he was their leading receiver. In Los Angeles, the team had many excellent receivers, but Gault lead the team in 1990.
Gault was a key member of the 1985 Chicago Bears Championship team, winner of Super Bowl XX. Success often leads to salary inflation and Gault moved on after 1987. Gault was named to the Top 100 Chicago Bears Players of All Time.
Here at the other Chicago Bears bios that we have released for the month of September thus far:
Two of our books.
We have published several books that cover some material on the Chicago Bears. One of our recent books is called PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS reviews the exciting story of George Halas and his dynamic role in professional football for those in middle school and older. Author: Patrick McCaskey. Visit Amazon, Great offer today on this great educational and sports resource for middle grades students!
Our most ambitious book on sports is a 2014 effort called PILLARS OF THE NFL. This book is a real collector’s book on the 10 greatest coaches in NFL history. It includes stats as well as stories and more. Visit Amazon, this one is also offered at a great price today.