Bill Corbus

Bill Corbus
Stanford Cardinal
Position Guard/Kicker
Career history
College Stanford
Personal information
Date of birth (1911-10-05)October 5, 1911
Place of birth San Francisco, California, U.S.
Date of death January 8, 1998(1998-01-08) (aged 86)
Place of death San Francisco, California, U.S.
Career highlights and awards

William Corbus (October 5, 1911 – January 8, 1998) was an American football guard who played for Stanford University.

College career

Nicknamed The Baby-Faced Assassin due to his youthful appearance and athletic ferocity, Corbus, who acted as placekicker as well as offensive lineman, was Stanford's first two-time All-American in 1932 and 1933.[1]

In 1933, Corbus kicked two late field goals to defeat USC 13-7,[2] helping to fulfill a promise made by his teammates from the class of 1936—a group known as the Vow Boys—to never again lose to USC.[1] That year, Corbus helped Stanford the first of three straight Rose Bowls before graduating as an honor student and student body president.[1]

After football

Corbus played in the era before the NFL draft, and did not continue in professional football. He worked for the A&P grocery store chain, retiring as vice-chairman in 1977.[3] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1957 and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. His high school alma mater, Vallejo high school, named their football stadium for him.[1] He died in San Francisco, California in 1998.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Hall of Famers: Bill "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Corbus". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  2. "Football". Time. November 20, 1933. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  3. "Ten Gridiron Greats". Stanford Magazine. November–December 1997. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
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