Name: “Bullet” Bill Dudley
Pro Career: 1942, 1945 – 1953
Team Affiliation(s): Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins
Induction Class: 1966
Brief Bio: An undersized athlete, Dudley played with the intensity, and skill, of a giant. A specimen of true versatility, Dudley exceeded in every position he played, and he played a lot of them. In 1946, Dudley led the league in rushing, punt returns, interceptions, and lateral passing attempts, winning an ever elusive “triple crown” in football and league MVP honors. It was also the only time in league history that one individual topped four different categories, a feat that may never again be realized. During his career, Dudley was named first- or second-team All-NFL six times and was named to three Pro Bowls, despite playing in an era that saw a hiatus for the event. Dudley recently passed away on February 4. He was 88 years old.
Career Stats: 90 games played; 3,057 rushing yards; 18 rushing TDs; 1,383 receiving yards; 18 receiving TDs; 3 punt return TDs; 1 kickoff return TD; 23 interceptions; 3 defensive TDs; 37.8 yard punting average
Featured Card: 1948 Leaf #36. Leaf’s inaugural set features many notable players and HOF inductees, including the great Bill Dudley. Trivial Beckett value of this vintage rookie card is $125. Perhaps due to his recent passing, there are quite a few copies on eBay right now with $20-$179 range, a majority falling into the $50 ballpark. There are many other Dudley cards you could add to your collection, including recent cut autographs, but his 1948 Leaf rookie may be one of the most important ones for which to hunt.
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