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Bill Glass


William Sheppard Glass

Inducted 1985

Date of Birth



Texarkana, TX


Baylor University (1954-1956)


Bill Glass once said he gave 22 years of his life to football - ten years at the amateur level in junior high, senior high and college; and 12 years at the pro level. Then he launched into a full-time career as one of the world's leading evangelists. Glass lettered three years at Baylor 1954-56 and was unanimous All-America guard in 1956. He made 154 tackles in 10 games. His pro career covered one year with Saskatchewan in the Canadian League, 1957; four years with Detroit, 1958-61; and seven years with Cleveland 1962-68. With the Browns he became an all-pro defensive end. He studied at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1963. He wrote his first book, "Get in the Game," in 1965. By 1994, he had written ten books and led interdenominational crusades with audiences up to 13,000 people. Billy Graham said of him, "Bill Glass speaks frankly and pulls no punches. He knows young people." The Bill Glass Evangelistic Association produced a number of TV specials. The Bill Glass Evangelical Association produced three TV specials, including the "Bill Glass Prison Special," nominated for an Emmy Award. Some of his book titles are "Expect to Win," "Stand Tall and Straight," and "Free at Last." John Underwood wrote in Sports Illustrated: "Bill Glass has been known to raise knots on a halfback on a Sunday afternoon and goose pimples on his congregation on Sunday night."


Height 6'4

Weight 220

Career Highlights

  • 1956 All-Conference
  • 1956 Conference MVP
  • 1956 Unanimous All-America
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