Bill Remington, 1998 inductee to the "Wall of Fame" in the Koplitz Fieldhouse, was born November 2, 1920. He spent his adolescent life in South Bend, where he graduated from South Bend High School in 1939.
While in high school, Bill was president of the ninth, tenth, eleventh grade classes and was the ASB president his senior year. He lettered in football for three years, (broke his leg his freshman year) track and basketball for four years. During his junior year he tied for first place in the high hurdles at the state track meet breaking the state record. He returned the next year and took first place in the high hurdles, again breaking the record but wind aided.
He left South Bend as "Big" Bill weighing 190 lbs, receiving a full scholarship to Washington State College (W.S.U.), in football. He lettered his freshman year as a 167 pound fullback, then switched to offensive center earning varsity letters in that position. He started as center in the East- West All-Star game in San Francisco his senior year (1943). He also played in the All-College All-Star game the next Fall in Chicago against the Washington Redskins. He was awarded the coveted Bohler Medal as the most inspirational player on the 1942 Cougar football team.
He was drafted by the Detroit Lions following his senior year and was offered $100 per game. However, he chose to enter the Army and upon completion of his military service was drafted by the San Francisco 49er's and was paid $3400 as a lineman. The quarterback and the fullback were the highest paid at $10,000.
After thirteen years of football including high school, college, and professional, Bill returned to W.S.C. to finish his degree and fulfill his dream of becoming a teacher and high school coach. He was hired as a teacher and coach at Colville High School and remained their for eleven years. He left Colville for the Bellevue School District and remained in coaching and teaching for the next nineteen years.
Bill passed away in 2005 at the age of 84. He was born November 2, 1920 in South Bend. Bill will always be remembered for his humble, kind, and patient manner.