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The Road to the Hall: Bill Crone

Jan. 13, 2009


Considered one of the best football players to ever play at Loyola, Bill Crone will enter the LMU Hall of Fame on February 6, 2009.  Crone enters the Hall of Fame after earning National Club Football Association First Team All-American accolades in 1968 and 1969.   A Southern California Sportswriter’s Player of the Week selection in October of 1969, he was named Second Team Associated Press Little All-American and United Press International Little All-Coast at the offensive tackle position.  Following a stellar collegiate career in which he was named the team’s most valuable lineman in his senior season, Crone became the first Lion football player to be signed by a National Football League team when the Buffalo Bills signed him in 1970.

Crone already has his hand in the LMU Hall of Fame, serving a vital role as a senior on the 1969 Loyola football team that was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. That team won the National Club Football Championship and finished the year ranked number one in the nation.  Led by Head Coach Jim Brownfield, the Lions finished the season 8-1 and had four players named to the Club Football All-American Team, including Crone.

Often referred to as the finest offensive lineman to play for the Lions over the course of the football program’s existence, Crone was a totally dominating force at the offensive tackle position.  He was a devastating force on the field and yardage over his position seemed to be a certainty as the Lions set numerous offensive records over the course of his career.  The Lions rushed for 2,691 yards and a net of 2,461 in 1968 behind the blocking of Crone and his counterparts.  The 1969 season was equally impressive as Loyola trotted to 2,434 yards and a net of 2,229 on the ground.  The 1968 team set a record for number of rushing plays with 514 and most net yards gained via rushing.

Crone will join Bryn Britton (Women’s Basketball, 2002), Ryan Eisberg (Men’s Water Polo, 1998), Sarah Noriega (Women’s Volleyball, 1998), Reid Priddy (Men’s Volleyball, 2000) and Bernie Sandalow (LMU Public Address Announcer, 1978) as one of six new members of the LMU Hall of Fame when they are inducted on February 6.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, contact the Office of Special Events at (310) 338-5278 or  The invitation and RSVP card can also be downloaded using the following links:

2009 Hall of Fame Invitation

2009 Hall of Fame RSVP Card


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