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Late VUU Panther William Dillon names to College Football Hall of Fame

Fred Jeter | 7/16/2020, 6 p.m.
The late William Dillon, renowned for his exciting interceptions, has picked off another honor.
William Dillon

The late William Dillon, renowned for his exciting interceptions, has picked off another honor.

A three-time Associated Press Little All-American safety at Virginia Union University, “Dill” has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Dec. 7, 2021, at the Hilton Midtown in New York City. Selections are made by the National Football Foundation based in Irving, Texas.

A native of Detroit, Mr. Dillon played for the VUU Panthers from 1979 to 1982 under Coach Willard Bailey.

He accumulated 30 career interceptions, including 16 as a sopho- more, and was twice named CIAA Defensive Player of the Year.

While he was at VUU, the Panthers posted a 38-8-1 record and made their first four appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Mr. Dillon was not drafted by the NFL, but had a long preseason tryout with the Seattle Seahawks.

Following his football career, Mr. Dillon became a prominent high school basketball official and excelled in softball.

He is a member of the Central Virginia ASA Hall of Fame, in addition to being named to the VUU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mr. Dillon died Dec. 17, 2017.

He also is one of four former CIAA standouts elected to the Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Others are running back Tim Newsome, at Winston-Salem State University in the 1970s; Coach Eddie Hurt of Virginia University of Lynchburg and Morgan State University from 1925 to 1959; and Coach Gideon Smith of Hampton University from 1921 to 1940.

The inductees also will be honored at their respective schools with a National Football Foundation On-Campus Salute during the 2021 season.