William Frazer "Bill" McColl Jr. (born April 2, 1930 in San Diego, California) is a former NFL defensive end and tight end from 1952 to 1959 for the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Stanford, where he was a two-time consensus All-American and third runner up in the 1951 Heisman Trophy voting. In 1951, he was the first person to receive the W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. McColl was inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame in 1965. He was also inducted into the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1973, into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In the 1956 NFL season, McColl threw the longest pass completion of the year (79 yards) in an end around pass against the NY Giants and had the sixth longest reception at 69 yards. In the 1958 season, McColl was third in the league with 8 touch down receptions (just one off the co-leaders who each had 9 TDs).
During his time with the Bears, McColl studied medicine at the University of Chicago. He became an orthopedic surgeon and made the decision to become a Presbyterian missionary doctor serving in Korea from 1962 to 1964. He was recognized by NFL Hall of Fame with a humanitarian award for his service. McColl was voted one of the 10 Outstanding Young Men of America (TOYM)in 1964 by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce.
In 1970, McColl ran in the Republican primary for a special election to fill California's 24th Congressional District in the eastern Los Angeles County region. The incumbent Republican, Congressman Glenard Lipscomb, had died and the election was to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. McColl ran a strong campaign and was involved in a close three way race with former congressmen John Rousselot and Patrick Hillings. Rousselot won, defeating McColl by 127 votes.
In 1972, McColl tried for congress again. He had moved to the Pasadena-Burbank-Glendale area, and he ran for the 20th Congressional District seat that was being vacated by retiring Republican Congressman Allen Smith. He finished second in the primary to state representative Carlos Moorhead, who went on to be elected to congress in November.
McColl made his third and final run for congress in 1982 in the newly created 43rd Congressional District near San Diego. In the Republican primary he once again ran a competitive campaign, but came in a close third to Johnnie Crean and the eventual winner, Congressman Ron Packard.
All six of Bill and Barbara's children went to Stanford. Two of his sons - Duncan McColl and Milt McColl - also played football at Stanford. Duncan and Bill McColl are the only father-son All-America football combination in Stanford history. Duncan and Milt both went on to the NFL.
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By Dean Hanley
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