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William Shakespeare

Born: Sep 27, 1912

Death: Jan 17, 1974

Birthplace: Staten Island

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

William Shakespeare

Date of Birth : Sep 27, 1912
Date of Death : Jan 17, 1974
Birth Place : Staten Island

William Valentine "Bill" Shakespeare was an American football player. He played at the halfback position, and also handled punting, for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football teams from 1933 to 1935. He gained his greatest acclaim for throwing the winning touchdown pass as time ran off the clock in Notre Dame's 1935 victory over Ohio State, a game that was voted the best game in the first 100 years of college football. Shakespeare was selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 1935 and was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Sharing the same name as "The Bard of Avon", Shakespeare earned nicknames including "The Bard of Staten Island", "The Bard of South Bend", and "The Merchant of Menace."

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  • American football player
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