Willie Fleming (born February 2, 1939) is a former professional Canadian football player with the Canadian Football League's BC Lions. Fleming played collegiately as a halfback at the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Hawkeye's 1959 Rose Bowl championship team. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and the BC Lions Wall of Fame. Fleming's #15 jersey is one of eight numbers retired by the Lions. In 2003, Fleming was voted a member of the BC Lions All-Time Dream Team as part of the club’s 50 year anniversary celebration. In 2006, Fleming was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's Top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
Fleming earned the nickname, "The Wisp" or "Will 'o the Wisp," because of his elusive running style.
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- ^ "BC Lions Dream Team". BCLions.com. Retrieved 2006-09-10.
- ^ "TSN Top 50 Honour Roll". TSN.ca. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
- ^ "Canadian Football Hall of Fame: Willie Fleming". Canadian Football Hall of Fame & Museum. 1982. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
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