Bill Cronin (tight end)

Bill Cronin
No. 87, 90
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-11-20)November 20, 1943
Place of birth: Lawrence, Massachusetts
Date of death: November 5, 1991(1991-11-05) (aged 47)
Place of death: Westmont, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College: Boston College
AFL draft: 1965 / Round: 15 / Pick: 115
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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William F. Cronin, Jr. (November 20, 1943 – November 5, 1991) was an American football tight end who played one season with the Miami Dolphins of the American Football League (AFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifteenth round of the 1965 AFL Draft. He played college football at Boston College. Cronin was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).[1]

College career

Cronin played college football for the Boston College Eagles and was a team captain.[2]

Professional career

Cronin was selected by the Oakland Raiders of the AFL with the 115th pick in the 1965 AFL Draft.[2] He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL in 1965 and spent most of the season on the taxi squad.[2] He played for the AFL's Miami Dolphins in 1966.[1]

Officiating career

Cronin became a football official after his playing career. He was selected to officiate eight postseason games, including the 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1989 Sugar Bowl and the 1987 Cotton Bowl. The NFL had asked him to submit an application in 1987 but he did not do so until January 1991 due to the birth of a child.[2]


He died of a heart attack on November 5, 1991 at his home in Westmont, New Jersey.[2]

Personal life

Cronin's father Bill and uncle Jack also played football.[3]


  1. 1 2 "BILL CRONIN". Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Olsen, Eddie (November 8, 1991). "Bill Cronin, Grid Official, Ex-eagle". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  3. "Bill Cronin". ports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
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