Bill Rademacher
No. 23, 33, 83
Position:Wide receiver, defensive back
Personal information
Born:(1942-05-13)May 13, 1942
Menominee, Michigan
Died:April 2, 2018(2018-04-02) (aged 75)
Marquette, Michigan
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Menominee
(Menominee, Michigan)
College:Northern Michigan
Undrafted:1964
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:282
Receptions:24
Receiving TDs:3
Games played:58
Games started:5
Player stats at PFR

William Stiles Rademacher (May 13, 1942 – April 2, 2018)[2] was an American professional football player who played as a wide receiver for seven seasons for the New York Jets and Boston Patriots.[3][4] He earned MVP honors in 1963[5] In January 1969 he played in Super Bowl III.[5]

During Rademacher's tenure as assistant coach at Northern Michigan University, the football team went from a 0–10 season in 1974 to a 13–1 season in 1975 and won the NCAA Division II Football Championship.[6]

Rademacher became Northern Michigan's head coach in 1978, earning a record of 37–16–1 in five seasons and three NCAA Division II tournament appearances. He was named Association of Mid-Continent Universities Coach of the Year in 1980, and Northern Michigan went 10–0 in the 1981 regular season. He left to coach the linebackers at Michigan State from 1983 to 1991.

Rademacher was inducted into the Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame in the 1981 and the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.[7][8]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northern Michigan Wildcats (Association of Mid-Continent Universities) (1978–1980)
1978 Northern Michigan 5–4–1 1–3–1 T–4th
1979 Northern Michigan 4–6 1–4 T–4th
1980 Northern Michigan 9–2 3–1 2nd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
Northern Michigan Wildcats (NCAA Division II independent) (1981–1982)
1981 Northern Michigan 11–1 L NCAA Division II Semifinal
1982 Northern Michigan 8–3 L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
Northern Michigan: 37–16–1 5–8–1
Total: 37–16–1

References

  1. ^ Albom, Mitch (November 21, 2008). "To Be MSU's Coach, Izzo Led Spartan Life". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, Michigan. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "William Stiles Rademacher". Lansing State Journal. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bill Rademacher Stats - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "Bill Rademacher". NFL.com.
  5. ^ a b Lange, Randy (April 3, 2018). "Early Jets Wideout Bill Rademacher Dies". New York Jets. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "National Championship Football Team To Hold 35th Year Celebration". September 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "Sports Hall of Fame". NMU Sports. Archived from the original on November 20, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ swatson. "Inductee Class of 1983 - Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame". upshf.com.