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Bill Paschal

Bill Paschal (Pro football.  Born, Atlanta, GA, May 28, 1921; died, Marietta, GA,May 25, 2003.)  Twice N.F.L. rushing champion during World War II, William A. Paschal was signed for $1,500 by the Giants in 1943 on the recommendation of sports columnist Grantland Rice.  Paschal had been working as a switchman for the Central of Georgia railroad while recovering from a knee injury sustained while playing for Georgia Tech.  A star at Atlanta’s Tech H.S. in both football and track, he was kept out of the military draft by his bad knee.  Paschal became an overnight sensation for the Giants, leading the league with 572 yards on 147 carries and scoring 10 touchdowns as the team tied for the East Division title but lost a playoff to Washington.  In 1944, Paschal became the first man to win the N.F.L. rushing title in successive years (737 yards on 196 rushes with nine touchdowns) and the Giants won the East Division race with an 8-1-1 record.  Paschal was the all-league fullback and his halfback partner Ward Cuff was also a first-team pick.  Injuries held him to 59 carries in 1945 (although one was a career-best 77-yard run).  Paschal played for the 1946 East champions and then spent two years with the Boston Yanks (1947-48) before retiring.  He played 31 games for the Giants in four years and rushed for 1,918 yards and 25 touchdowns.

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