Bill Wiesman was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He played football and ran track for St. Xavier High School in Louisville. He was class president each year while at St. Xavier High School. Bill was named to the All-City and All-Region team in Louisville for three straight years and was named to the All-State team his senior year. After high school, Bill signed a scholarship with the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, he had the opportunity to play on the 1961 National Championship team, the 1962 Sugar Bowl team, the 1963 Orange Bowl team and the 1964 Sugar Bowl team. In the 1964 Sugar Bowl, Bill was instrumental in stopping Perry Lee Dunn of Ole Miss with 19 seconds left in the game for Alabama to win 12 to 7. Bill had this to say about the people that have had the greatest impact on his athletic accomplishments, “Coach John Meihaus, St. Xavier High School, coached and prepared me for college football and to search for excellence in my football career. Coach Paul Bryant not only coached football but also taught and prepared me to handle the ups and downs of life. In 1981, at the reunion of the 1961 National Football Championship team, Coach Bryant walked up to me and put his arm around me and asked if he had ever told me he loved me. I told him he was 20 years too late to tell me that. He replied, ‘It is never too late to tell someone that you love them’.” Bill went on to say, “ I have worked, coached and been associated with many outstanding people, players and students that have been inducted into the Huntsville Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame including my fellow inductee, Dr. Calame Sammons. In addition I have worked with Tommy Owen, Madonna Holliday, Louis Vaughn, Dr. Robert Sammons, Jim Oaks, Oktay Akbay, Stanley Stafford and Clem Gryska. While at Huntsville High I had the opportunity to coach Dr. Randy Hall, Thomas Boyd, Wayne Hall, Duffy Boles and Bobby Davis and I played at the University of Alabama with Billy Neighbors, Benny Nelson and Mike Hopper.” In 1989, Bill was inducted into the St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2002 the Riverton Middle School Football stadium was named “The Wieseman Field”.
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