Bill Spears

Bill Spears
First Team All-American
NEA and Associated Press

One of the team’s top offensive players ever, Spears was a three-year starter at quarterback for some of McGugin’s best Vanderbilt teams.

In 1927, he was selected First Team All-America by NEA and Associated Press.

In 1927, he guided the squad to an 8-1-2 record, including a win over Tulane when noted writer Blinkey Horn described Spears as “All-World” after a two-touchdown effort.

Spears concluded his career by outgaining the entire Alabama squad in a 14-7 Vanderbilt win.

One of McGugin’s most beloved players, Spears went on to chair his own law firm.

He was a significant contributor to Vanderbilt, serving on the Board of Trust from 1954 until his death in 1992.