William J. George (October 27, 1929 - September 30, 1982) was a professional football player, playing linebacker, for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams. George was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. He is among numerous legendary football players born in football-rich Western Pennsylvania. He attended college at Wake Forest University, and as the Bears' second-round draft pick in 1951. He began his pro football career the following year as a middle guard in the then-standard five-man defensive front. He was also selected to play in eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1955-1962. It has been alleged that George was the first true middle linebacker in football and, inadvertently, the creator of the 4-3 defense.
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