Bill Roe (American football)
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|Date of birth:||February 6, 1958|
|Place of birth:||South Bend, Indiana|
|Date of death:||September 13, 2003 45)(aged|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||233 lb (106 kg)|
|High school:||Thornwood (IL)|
|NFL Draft:||1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78|
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|Career NFL statistics|
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William Oliver Roe II (February 6, 1958 – September 13, 2003) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints. He also played in the United States Football League for the Boston Breakers, Memphis Showboats and the Birmingham Stallions. He played college football at the University of Colorado.
As a senior he received All-Big Eight honors, after leading the conference in tackles (162) and the team in interceptions (3). He had 10 or more tackles in seven games and became the first player to win Big Eight Defensive Player of the Week honors two weeks in a row (Nov. 17 and Nov. 24). His best game came against Kansas State University, when he registered 24 tackles (second most in school history) and 2 interceptions.
After the Dallas Cowboys entered the 1980 NFL Draft without their first and second round draft choices (traded to the Baltimore Colts for John Dutton), the team made Roe their first selection in the third round (78th overall). As a rookie he played mainly on special teams.
Boston Breakers (USFL)
On January 1983, he signed with the Denver Gold of the United States Football League, which traded him along with the rights to Dick Jauron to the Boston Breakers in February, in exchange for the rights to Tom Davis and an eighth round draft choice. The Breakers named him their starting inside linebacker.
Memphis Showboats (USFL)
Birmingham Stallions (USFL)
New Orleans Saints
After the players went on a strike on the third week of the 1987 season, those contests were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. Roe was signed to be a part of the New Orleans Saints replacement team, that was given the mock name "Saint Elsewheres" by the media. He went on to start all three games at linebacker, before being released once the strike ended.
Roe died on September 13, 2003.
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