Bill Quinlan
No. 84, 83, 85
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1932-06-19)June 19, 1932
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Died:November 10, 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 83)
Methuen, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Lawrence High School (MA)
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:1956 / Round: 3 / Pick: 37
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:111
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at · PFR

William David Quinlan (June 19, 1932 – November 10, 2015) was an American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and the Washington Redskins. He also played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Quinlan played college football at Michigan State University and was drafted in the third round of the 1956 NFL Draft.

Early life

Quinlan was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and attended Lawrence High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.[1] After graduating high school in 1951, Quinlan attended Staunton Military Academy in 1952 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.[2]

College career

Quinlan attended and played college football at Michigan State University.

Professional career

After graduating from Michigan State, Quinlan played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1954.[3] He was then drafted in the third round (37th overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He joined the Browns in 1957 after serving in the United States Army in 1956.[4] He was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1959, along with Lew Carpenter, in return for Billy Howton.[5] In 1963, The Packers traded Quinlan and defensive back John Symank to the New York Giants for a high draft pick. The Giants immediately traded Quinlan to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Gene Gossage.[4]

Personal life

Quinlan's father died when he was four years old, and his mother raised seven children.[1] Quinlan died on November 10, 2015 in Methuen, Massachusetts.[6] He lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts with his wife, Betty, and had previously survived cancer. Bill Quinlan is survived by his wife Betty and their four children, Bill Quinlan Jr. and his wife Angela, Melinda and her husband Michael Tulley, Sean Quinlan, and Mary Ellen and her husband Steve Joncas. He is also survived by his grandchildren Melissa, Lauren and her Husband Jason Messina, and Michael Tulley, Shannon and Kailee Joncas, and Ryan and Sophia Quinlan. Bill Quinlan also has two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Ava. [1]


  1. ^ a b c "Naming of ballpark after ex-Green Bay Packer irks Mount Vernon neighbors". The Eagle-Tribune. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  2. ^ "Staunton Military Academy Hall of Fame". Staunton Military Academy Alumni Association. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  3. ^ "Quick Switch: Quinlan Will Join Packers". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  4. ^ a b "Eagles Obtain Defensive End Bill Quinlan". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  5. ^ "Bill Howton". Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  6. ^ "Lawrence football legend 'Wild Bill' Quinlan dead at 83".