Bill Fischer
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Fischer on a 1952 Bowman football card
No. 72
Position:Tackle, guard, defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1927-03-10)March 10, 1927
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died:January 20, 2017(2017-01-20) (aged 89)
Cape Coral, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Chicago (IL) Lane Tech
College:Notre Dame
NFL draft:1949 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

William Anton "Moose" Fischer (March 10, 1927 – January 20, 2017) was an American football lineman who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals, from 1949 to 1953. He was a first-round pick by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1949 NFL Draft. With the Cardinals, he was invited to three Pro Bowls. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame, where he won two national championships, was twice named a consensus All-American in 1947, and 1948, and was awarded the Outland Trophy, as the nation's top lineman in 1948. He was the first Mr. Irrelevant to make the NFL Pro Bowl, as the last pick in the 1948 NFL Draft; Fischer was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals after his junior season at Notre Dame. He opted to stay in school, and won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman in 1948. The Cardinals drafted him again in 1949, this time in the first round.[1]

Fischer returned to Notre Dame after his playing career, serving as an assistant coach under Terry Brennan, from 1954 to 1958. He also served as president of the Notre Dame Monogram Club in 1982. In 1983, he was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.[2] Fischer died on January 20, 2017, in Cape Coral, Florida.[3]


  1. ^ Root, Jess (2015-04-29). "Arizona Cardinals draft notes and facts". Revenge of the Birds. Retrieved 2023-12-29.
  2. ^ "1948 Outland Trophy Winner Bill Fischer Dies". UND Athletics. February 2017. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  3. ^ "1948 Outland Trophy Winner Bill Fischer Dies". The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics. CBS Interactive. February 1, 2017. Archived from the original on March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017.