- Willie Galimore
March 30, 1935
St. Augustine, Florida
DateOfDeath=death date and age|1964|07|27|1935|03|30
Retired #s=Chicago Bears #28
Willie Galimore (
March 30, 1935- July 27, 1964) was an American football running backfor the Chicago Bearsfrom 1957-1963. He attended Florida A&M University. Galimore is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Galimore possessed incredible speed and lateral movement; many of the opposing players of the time stated that they believed Galimore could run side-to-side down the field just as fast as most men could in a straight line. His running style could be said to most resemble the style of
Billy Simsor perhaps Terrell Davis, but faster.
In a documentary short by
NFL Filmson Galimore, it was said that he was probably the last great find before NFL scouting became sophisticated. His peers (including Chuck Bednarikand Doug Atkins) referred to Galimore as one of the best runners they ever faced.
Galimore was killed in an automobile accident on July 27, 1964 in
Rensselaer, Indianaat the age of 29 with teammate Bo Farrington. His number 28 has been retired by the Bears.
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