BLUEFIELD, Va. — The public is being encouraged to join the celebration for William “Bullet Bill” Dudley on Tuesday, August 18, at Bluefield, Va. Town Hall.

Members of the public who have clippings, programs, cards or other memorabilia featuring the former football star may loan those materials to the town for display during the afternoon reception.

All materials will be safeguarded by town employees and will be returned to their owners after the celebration, according to a news release.

The Town Council has designated August 18 as “Bullet Bill Dudley Day,” and the public is invited to a reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on that date for the 87-year-old native of Virginia’s Tallest Town.

Dudley, now a resident of Lynchburg, Va., is planning to attend, as are office-holders from Southwest Virginia. Light refreshments will be served during the reception.

Dudley, a graduate of Graham High School and the University of Virginia, is the only native of Tazewell County to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was an all-American in college, an all-pro in the National Football League, and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1946. He also served four terms in the Virginia House of Delegates.

For more on this story and other news and sports, check out Tuesday's Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

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