UGA Football

Former UGA, Dolphins legend Bill Stanfill dies

By Jason Butt

Bill Stanfill played for Georgia from 1966-68 and was named a permanent captain in his final season.
Bill Stanfill played for Georgia from 1966-68 and was named a permanent captain in his final season. Georgia Sports Communications

Legendary Georgia defensive lineman Bill Stanfill, a consensus All-American in 1968 and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died Thursday at the age of 69.

Stanfill endured a bad fall recently and complications arose from it after receiving medical treatment. His health had been in decline recently too. Stanfill died in hospice care in Albany.

Stanfill played football for the Bulldogs from 1966-68 and was a part of two SEC title teams. In 1968, Stanfill was awarded the Outland Trophy and named a permanent team captain.

Stanfill was also an All-SEC honoree all three years he saw the field and was earned Academic All-America and Academic All-SEC honors in 1968.

He went on to be selected with the 11th-overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins.

“Bill was probably the greatest athlete as a lineman I ever coached,” former Georgia football head coach Vince Dooley said. “He could have been a great tight end as well. Against the triple option, he was the only player that could take the quarterback, the dive back, and the pitch man. Bill was a great person, great warrior, and a great Bulldog.”

After a very successful college career with the Bulldogs, Stanfill was the AFL Rookie of the Year runner-up in his first season with the Dolphins. He went on to be a part of two Super Bowl winning teams, which included the 1972 Dolphins squad that went undefeated – the only pro football team in modern history to do so.

Stanfill recorded a sack in Super Bowl VII, with the Dolphins beating the Washington Redskins 14-7.

Born in Cairo on Jan. 13, 1947, Stanfill was a three-sport star in high school, excelling in football, track and field, and basketball.

In addition to the previously mentioned accolades, Stanfill was also inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the UGA Circle of Honor in 2000. He was named to the 25-Year All-SEC Team from 1961-85, the All-SEC Quarter Century Team from 1950-74 and the 1960's All-SEC team.

Stanfill's funeral is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Albany. Attendees are asked to wear red and black.