William Burrell (1938? – March 22, 1998) was an American football player at the University of Illinois.

A linebacker and guard, in 1959 Burrell won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the MVP of the Big Ten Conference. Burrell also finished fourth as a Heisman Trophy candidate that year,[1] and was a consensus All-American.[2]

Burrell was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1960 American Football League Draft,[3] and by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth round of the 1960 NFL Draft.[4]

He played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, and was that team's nominee for the Schenley Award as Outstanding Lineman in 1960.

Burrell is an alumnus of Central High School in Clifton, Illinois.

The football field at Central High was named Bill Burrell Field on September 15, 2017.

Bill Burrell is included in The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.

Bill Burrell died on March 22, 1998.[5]


  1. ^ "Heisman Trophy Voting 1950 to 1959 – College Football News". Archived from the original on 2002-12-28. Retrieved 2006-05-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "HickokSports.com – History – Football All-America Teams 1937–1976". Archived from the original on 2006-03-22. Retrieved 2006-05-20.
  3. ^ Draft – 1960 – Buffalo Bills Archived July 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1960 NFL Draft on databaseFootball.com Archived 2007-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Bill Burrell – Small Newspaper Group, 24 March 2012