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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Bullet Bill Dudley dies

One of the all-time great Steelers, Bullet Bill Dudley has died at 88 after a short illness.

Dudley, who resided in Lynchburg, Va., was the Steelers' No. 1 pick in the 1942 draft and is the last Pittsburgh running back to lead the NFL in rushing.

After a stint in the military during World War II, where he served as a B-25 and B-29 pilot in the Pacific, Dudley returned to the NFL.

In 1946, Dudley led the league in rushing (604 yards), interceptions (10) and punt returns (27) and was named NFL Most Valuable Player. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

After a falling out with the Pittsburgh coaching staff, Dudley was traded to the Detroit Lions.

© Steelers director of pro scouting Doug Whaley has been hired as the assistant general manager of the Buffalo Bills.

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