Bill Daley, an All-America fullback who won the Little Brown Jug as a player for both Minnesota and Michigan, died Monday at age 96.
Daley, a native of Melrose, Minn., played for the Gophers from 1940 to 1942. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1941 as part of that national championship team, alongside Heisman Trophy winner Bruce Smith.
After the 1942 season, Daley went into the U.S. Navy and reported to officer’s training school in Ann Arbor, Mich. While there, he played for Michigan in 1943, earning All-America honors.
He’s known as the only player to ever win the Little Brown Jug on both sides of the Minnesota-Michigan rivalry. The Gophers won the jug in ’40, ’41 and 42, and Daley helped Michigan win it in ’43.
Daley went on to play professional football for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Miami Seahawks, Chicago Rockets and New York Yankees in the old All-America Football Conference.
He returned to the Gophers for 10 years as part of the radio broadcasting crew with Ray Christensen and Dick Enroth.
The Gophers inducted Daley into their “M” Club Hall of Fame in 2004.
Daley is survived by his wife, Melba, their four children, two grandchildren and a sister.