William McGarvey "Bullet Bill" Dudley (December 24, 1921 – February 4, 2010) led a thrilling career as a professional American football player in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins. With humble beginnings in Bluefield, Virginia he made the football team his junior year, and in 1938 he kicked a 35-yard field goal in the season's finale. Dudley was drafted in the 1942 NFL Draft with the first overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1972. During the 1942 season, he led the league in rushing with 696 yards on 162 carries and was named to the All-Pro team. Steve Stinson revisits his father-in-law’s journey from Bluefield, Virginia through his retirement from the NFL and shares everything he brought to communities in between each pivotal moment in Dudley’s life.
Steve Stinson is son-in-law to “Bullet Bill” Dudley. Steve is an artist and writer in Virginia, where he lives with his wife. When he was younger, he was a juggler and wrote comic strips. Today, his grandchildren call him “Bebop.” His previous children’s books include, Grumpypants, Where Kent Went, Darien the Crustatarien, and My Favorite Nursery Rhymes.
“Steve Stinson has tucked 'Bullet' Bill Dudley’s incomparable life into these pages as skillfully as the book’s triple-threat hero once carried, passed, and kicked a football. You might just feel like doing an end zone dance before this only-in-America life is through. ”— Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist and author of “The Paris of Appalachia”
“Having interviewed Bill Dudley late in his life on his selection as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, I was struck by how much more there was to his story. I wish I had known him better and Steve Stinson has made that possible in this book. In a myriad of journalistic-related pursuits, Steve has always been a consummate storyteller and his connections to the Dudley family made him the perfect candidate for this project.”— Doug Doughty, sports reporter for the Roanoke Times