2:32 am
Thu November 29, 2007

Remembering Bill Willis

Kent, OH – The Cleveland Browns will wear a "BW" decal on their helmets for the rest of the season to honor pro and college hall of famer Bill Willis. The two-time All-American at Ohio State who helped break pro football's color barrier with the Browns in the 1940s died Tuesday in Columbus. Browns coach Romeo Crennel calls Willis a pioneer who opened up doors for other minorities. Crennel is Cleveland's first African-American head coach. Funeral services for Willis are scheduled for Monday (December 3) at First Congressional Church on East Broad Street in Columbus. As WKSU's Daniel Hockensmith reports, sportswriters and academics are paying tribute to Willis as one of the key figures in bringing African Americans to full participation in professional sports.