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The Iron Horse takes a ride

Those Baltimore Colts who played with him will tell you: There was no one tougher than Bill "Iron Horse" Pellington, here tackling the New York Giants’ Bob Schnelker by the head during the Colts’ 1959 NFL championship victory at Memorial Stadium. Pellington played 12 years here (1953-64), compiled 21 interceptions and punished everyone he tackled.

How tough was he? In his autobiography, "Fatso," the Colts’ Art Donovan wrote that "Pellington once tried to clothesline [Pittsburgh running back] Tom Tracy, but he missed his throat and caught him square on the helmet. Tracy was lying unconscious for a good 15 minutes. Pellington said ‘Geez, I hurt my arm on that bleepety-bleep.’ He played five more plays before coming to the realization that his arm was broken in two."

Pellington died of Alzheimer's disease in 1994. He was 66.

Also see: Through the Looking Glass archive

Sun file photo by Joe DiPaola Jr.



Years ago i stopped by for lunch at the Iron Horse. I don't remeber anything about the meal , but I was greatted by Pellington and I remember his hand size. enormous is not the right adjective. His hand enveloped mine. A very nice guy whos personality it seems changed dramatically on Sundays.

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