Bill Miller
Football, Basketball, Baseball
​Inducted in 2003
Bill attended Suffield High School for three years but later transferred to Suffield Academy to pursue his desire to play football. Earning a full athletic scholarship at the Academy he graduated in 1948. While at SHS, he played baseball and basketball and during this same period played football for the Windsor Locks Ramblers, an independent team.

At Suffield Academy, he starred for the undefeated 1946 football team (7-0). Rated as the strongest prep school team in the area, the team gave up only 19 points all season and became the first Tiger team to go undefeated since the early 1920’s. Bill captained the 1947 team and again played a leading role when they finished with 3 wins, 3 losses and a tie. An outstanding basketball player as well, he played on the 1946-47 Academy basketball team that finished 21-1 (losing only to a powerful West Point Plebes team). The team went on to participate in the Eastern States Basketball Tournament. The next basketball season, Bill played a key role as the Academy won the Class A Invitation Prep School Tournament with an upset of highly touted Tilton (NH) 40-36. The Tigers won 16 and lost only 4 during the regular season.

Following graduation, Bill received a full athletic scholarship to Wake Forest University in football where he played for four years and was an outstanding runner at fullback. He averaged over 5 yards/carry as a freshman on “one of the strongest Wake Forest frosh teams in 25 years.” They finished 4-1, losing only to North Carolina by one point! Touted as a Doc Blanchard look-alike, Bill was often compared to the Army player in style and with the same devastating running results. Some highlights from throughout his collegiate career include:
  • Scored TD in loss to North Carolina and in big win over William & Mary.
  • Scored and ran brilliantly in 27-7 win over Duke.
  • As a junior, team was 6-1-2; first time in 26 years Wake did not lose to any North Carolina opponent.
  • Leading ground gainer for Wake Forest as a junior…721 yards on 178 carries.
  • Scored only TD in tie with Boston College, scored TD in lopsided win over Richmond.
  • Scored twice in 47-0 win over William & Mary, and scored once in one-point loss to Clemson in battle of unbeatens.
  • As a senior, Wake won 6 and lost 4, beating all three North Carolina opponents.

In recognition of his success on the gridiron, Bill was voted Honorable Mention All American, Third Team UP All South, and made All Southern Conference Second Team in 1951. He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 11th round of the 1951 NFL Draft. In his brief time in the NFL, he played all of the preseason only to have a career ending injury in but his second regular season game.