Norm Willey: Former Eagles Defensive End

Published: August 23, 2011

Norm Willey: Former Eagles Defensive End, Norm Willey, an old term defensive Pro Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles, died Thursday night in Newark, Del. He was 83.

Nicknamed “the wild man,” Willey has played in 92 games with the Eagles from 1950 to 1957 and earned All-Pro selections on three occasions (1953, ’54, ’55). He was named to Pro Bowl and, in 1955 and 1956.

After his playing career ended, Willey remained in the area, and became a teacher and instructor of the driver education to 30 years Pennsville (NJ) high. He was also an assistant football coach there.

Willey was selected by Philadelphia in the round 13 of the draft in 1950 by Marshall. His career ended in 1957.

A two-sport star with the Thundering Herd, Willey was inducted into the Hall of West Virginia of the reputation of the school for its achievements in football and basketball.

Willey will be remembered in football circles for an incredible match, it was October 26, 1952. According to accounts in a game against the New York Giants, he posted 17 tackles behind the quarter Charley Conerly line of scrimmage.

But the bags are not registered as official statistics at the time, so it is not known as the chief one bag-game in the history of the NFL. That title belongs to the former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who posted seven, November 11, 1990, against the Seattle Seahawks.


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