Hall of Fame

Bill Reynolds, Class of 1941

Induction Class of 2001
Football & Baseball

Billy Reynolds came from Springfield, IL and earned both his high school and junior college diploma while at Sunflower Junior College. Billy was a standout football and baseball player at Cathedral High where, as a freshman, he ran 82 yards for a touchdown the first time he ever touched the football. He was inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. While at SJC Reynolds earned All-State accolades in both football and baseball for the two years he was in Moorhead. He was a true triple threat as a tailback in the single wing where the quarterback was primarily a ball handler and blocker while the tailback was both a runner and passer. He was Captain during his sophomore year where, with his brother Marvin at quarterback, Bill averaged 9 yards per carry and 1,087 yards for 9 touchdowns while completing 26 of 47 passes for 5 TD’s and drop-kicked 5 extra points. During his freshman year the Trojans went 7-2-1 and defeated the University of Tennessee Junior College for the Mississippi Valley Conference Championship. During his second year at SJC the Trojans went 7-2 and finished second in the state.

Billy went on to play halfback at Ole Miss in 1941 but a broken leg and WWII intervened. Two years later, Bill tried out and won a position with the Brooklyn Tigers pro football team where he was referred to as “Bullet Bill.” The franchise folded after a year and Bill went with the Chicago Cardinals where he was used mostly as a punter for a season.

Reynolds later turned down offers to play for Louisville’s Class AA baseball team as well as the Boston Yanks football team.

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