Bill Yearby, an All-American defensive tackle for the University of Michigan Wolverines football team from 1963-1965, died on Dec. 20th after a long illness. Yearby attended Detroit's Eastern High School, where he was the Class A state champion in the shot put in 1962 and All-State in football. He was an All-American at defensive tackle for U-M in both 1964 and 1965 and was named the Wolverines' Most Valuable Player in 1965. Bump Elliott's 1964 team won the Big Ten Conference and played in the Rose Bowl. Yearby was a first round draft choice of the New York Jets.

One of the finest defensive tackles in the country his junior and senior years. Made Coaches' All-America squad and voted one of the Big Ten's Most Valuable Players. Tremendous strength and speed made him a football player's football player. He was noted particularly for his great pursuit.

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