Bill Stevenson
No. 62
Born:June 4, 1951
High Prairie, Alberta
Died:March 19, 2007(2007-03-19) (aged 55)
Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)OT/G
CollegeDrake
NFL draft1974 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Drafted byMiami Dolphins
Career history
As player
1974–1975Memphis Southmen - WFL
19751988Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star1981

Bill Stevenson (June 4, 1951 – March 19, 2007) was a Canadian Football League player with the Edmonton Eskimos. After playing college football at Drake University, he was drafted by the NFL's Miami Dolphins and played in the World Football League with the Memphis Southmen for two seasons. Then Stevenson spent his entire 14 year CFL career with the Eskimos, the first three as a defensive lineman and the remainder as an offensive lineman. He was named CFL All-Star 2 times and was a part of a CFL record seven Grey Cup championship teams with the Eskimos.

After his playing career ended, Stevenson struggled in his business and personal life, suffered through bankruptcy and divorce, and was forced to take refuge in shelters for the homeless. He died in 2007 in an accident when he slipped and fell backwards down the stairs in his mother's home in Edmonton.[1]

On November 19, 2008, the CBC Television show The Fifth Estate suggested that Stevenson, who went through years of alcohol abuse and destitution, suffered from the effects of years of unreported head injuries from playing professional football. Teammates York Hentschel and David Boone are believed to have suffered from the same injuries.[2]

References

  1. ^ Intercepting ex-Esks who spiral out of control, Edmonton Journal July 3, 2007[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Dynasty to death: CBC's Fifth Estate examines head injuries in football". CBC Sports. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-11-20.