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Willie Fleming
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Willie Fleming      Michigan Wikipedia 

Position(s): RB

Willie Fleming attended Hamtramck High School and lived in Detroit, Michigan. In 1958, he helped the Hawkeyes to a 6-0-1 Big Ten title and led the team in scoring in his only season. He was named an Associated Press First Team All-Big Ten player that season. He starred in the 1959 Rose Bowl by scoring 2 rushing touchdowns in the game, finishing with 85 yards on only 9 attempts.

He joined the Canadian Football League BC Lions for the 1959 season. By 1960, he became the first Lion to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing with 1,051 yards on 125 carries for an 8.4 yard average. In 1961, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 14th round but stayed in the CFL.

In 1963, he carried the ball 127 times for 1,234 yards for an incredible 9.7 yard per carry average, leading the Lions to the Grey Cup. In 1964, the Lions won their first CFL championship 34–24, and he scored a game-breaking touchdown on a 68-yard scoring run. Earlier that season, he scored the longest touchdown run from scrimmage (109 yards) in CFL history.

He retired from the CFL and the BC Lions following the 1966 season. He retired as a CFL All-Star in 1963, a three-time CFL Western Division All-Star, and was named the most popular BC Lions Player three times. After sitting out the 1967 season, Fleming attempted a comeback with the Minnesota Vikings in 1968, but was released before the regular season began.

Nicknamed "Will o the Wisp" because of his elusive running style, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982. In 2003, he was voted a member of the BC Lions All-Time Dream Team, at the running back position, as part of the club's 50 year anniversary celebration. In November, 2006, he was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Born 2/2/1939 and is 85 years old.

All Conference: 1st Team (1958) Drafted Round 14 by Philadelphia Eagles in 1961 


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