Billy Kilmer

Football Player
Born Sep 5, 1939

William Orland Kilmer, Jr. was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins.

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1939 Birth Born on September 5, 1939.


1958 18 Years Old He transferred to UCLA in 1958 and played three seasons, closing out with an outstanding senior season in 1960 that helped him finish fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. … Read More


1960 20 Years Old Kilmer was also awarded the 1960 W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. … Read More
1961 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Kilmer was the eleventh overall selection of the 1961 NFL draft, taken by the 49ers.
1963 23 Years Old Suffering a fractured leg, Kilmer's injury was bad enough to also force him to sit out the entire 1963 NFL season. … Read More
1965 25 Years Old After he saw no action in 1965 and was involved in a training camp contract dispute the next season, he was placed in the 1967 NFL Expansion Draft.
1967 27 Years Old On February 10, 1967, Kilmer was selected in the expansion draft by the New Orleans Saints and, despite originally being thought of as the team's third-best signal caller, became the team's starting quarterback for much of the next four seasons, although he shared time with Edd Hargett during his final two seasons.
1969 29 Years Old His most prolific performance during his four-year stint with the team came on November 2, 1969, when he threw for 345 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-42 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. … Read More


1970 30 Years Old It was during the 1970 season that rumors stirred that Kilmer missed curfew before a game against the Denver Broncos and that his Saints teammates had nicknamed him "Ole Whiskey."
1971 31 Years Old Kilmer’s most memorable night on the town came early Monday morning December 6, 1971 after beating the Giants 23-7. … Read More
1976 36 Years Old On December 11, 1976, Kilmer was arrested for drunk driving less than 2 days before a game against the Dallas Cowboys.
1979 39 Years Old Following his retirement, Kilmer stayed on the fringes while working for a gambling service that made selections on NFL games, but has since stayed out of the spotlight. Kilmer served as coach of the Shreveport Steamers of the American Football Association (a summer professional league) in 1979 and commissioner of the same league in 1981, but left as a result of numerous problems under his tenure as well as a lack of payment. … Read More


1987 47 Years Old Billy Kilmer was inducted into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987
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