SEATTLE, WA.- Bill Dugan was honored at halftime during Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as part of the 1983 Seahawks team, that went to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Seattle Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976 as part of a league expansion, that included Seattle, and Tampa Bay.
Bill Dugan began his football career as a Red Raider playing at Hornell Senior high school, for Hornell varsity football coach John Arnault. Dugan then went on to division one football powerhouse Penn State University, as an offensive guard / tackle under coach Joe Paterno in 1977. After the 1980 season Bill was selected as an “All American” which honors the best at each position in collegiate athletics.
It should be noted that Dugan is revered in Penn State football lore as one of the legends in the storied University’s football program.
In the spring of 1981 the Seattle Seahawks selected Bill Dugan in the third round, and 58th overall pick of the NFL draft. Dugan played for the seahawks for three years, before moving on to the Minnesota Vikings in 1984, and then to the Balitmore Stars, of the now defunct USFL, before his final stop along his NFL career with the New York Giants in 1987.
Dugan, a lifelong resident of Hornell is an employee of the local radio station WLEA / WCKR, covering local news and sports, and has his own sports show “Dugie and the Sports Doctor”, where he discusses local, and national sports topics Saturday mornings on AM 1480 WLEA.
1983 Seahawks Quarterback Dave Krieg and Seahawks Offensvie Lineman Bill Dugan, at this weekend’s ceremony in Seattle.