Bears Championship Quarterback

  Playing his college ball at Vanderbilt where he was named the SEC’s Most Valuable Player, Billy Wade started his Pro Football Career as the LA Rams 1st pick of the 1952 draft. Military obligations delayed his NFL entry until 1954. Stayed with the Rams for 7 seasons until 1960. Named to the Pro Bowl in 1958 after he led the league with 2875 passing yards. Had the best Percentage Completion in 1959 as well with a 58.6% rate.

  In 1961 he requested to be traded and along with team mates Del Shofner and John Guzik he ended up in Chicago where he would led the Bears to an NFL title in 1963, He scored both of the Bears touchdowns – runs of 1 & 2 yards – in the 14-10 victory over the Giants. Billy Wade stayed with Chicago until 1966.

Bears Championship Quarterback Billy Wade
Bears Championship Quarterback Billy Wade

Image Gallery of Billy Wade, Quarterback 1954-1966

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Billy Wade Career Passing Table
Year Age Team Games Played QB Record Comp Att Cmp% Yards TD Int Long Y/A Rate 4QC GWD
1954 24 RAM 10 0-1-0 31 59 52.5 509 2 1 48 8.6 86.1    
1955 25 RAM 7   31 71 43.7 316 1 3 25 4.5 44.1    
1956 26 RAM 12 2-6-0 91 178 51.1 1461 10 13 76 8.2 67.2    
1957 27 RAM 5   10 24 41.7 116 1 1 35 4.8 53.5    
1958* 28 RAM 12 8-4-0 181 341 53.1 2875 18 22 93 8.4 72.2 1 2
1959 29 RAM 12 2-7-0 153 261 58.6 2001 12 17 72 7.7 71.1 0 1
1960 30 RAM 11 1-5-0 106 182 58.2 1294 12 11 63 7.1 77.0 1 1
1961 31 CHI 13 5-4-0 139 250 55.6 2258 22 13 98 9.0 93.7 3 3
1962 32 CHI 14 9-5-0 225 412 54.6 3172 18 24 73 7.7 70.0 3 4
1963*♚ 33 CHI 14 11-1-2 192 356 53.9 2301 15 12 63 6.5 74.0 2 0
1964 34 CHI 11 2-8-0 182 327 55.7 1944 13 14 68 5.9 68.6    
1965 35 CHI 5 0-2-0 20 41 48.8 204 0 2 29 5.0 43.1    
1966 36 CHI 2   9 21 42.9 79 0 1 14 3.8 33.6    
7 seasons Rams 69 13-23-0 603 1116 54 8572 56 68 93 7.7 70.5 2 4
6 seasons Bears 59 27-20-2 767 1407 54.5 9958 68 66 98 7.1 73.6 8 7
13 Year NFL Career 128 40-43-2 1370 2523 54.3 18530 124 134 98 7.3 72.2 10 11
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • ♦ – Led the League
  • ♚ – NFL Championship

 

 

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