William (Bucky) McElroy

Bucky McElroy was born in Monroe, LA and played his college football at Southern Misssissipp where he is considered one of the best players in the history of that school. In three seasons, McElory ran for over 2500 yards. McElroy was named to the Southern Mississippi Hall of Fame in 1967 and the Misssissippi Hall of Fame in 1981.  In 2011, McElroy w as named to the prestigious Southern Mississippi Legends Club.

McElroy was draftedin the seventh round of the 1953 NFL college draft by the Chiago Bears and played one game for them in 19544.  In  1955, McElroy joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a running back.  McElroy had a very good season that year, rushing for 621 yards with six touchdowns in just eight games for Hamilton.

William (Bucky) McElory passed away on July 18, 2012.

Bucky McElroy on fanbase.com

McElroy Sees Limited Action in Sun Bowl Due to Injury - January 3, 1953

MCelroy Signs with Bears - February 28, 1954

NFL Stats for Bucky McElroy

McElroy Placed on Injury List by Hamilton - September 30, 1955

McElroy Inducted in Souther Mississippi Legends Club

Obituary for Bucky McElroy

Former Running Back Great Bucky McElroy Passes Away at 83

Death Notice for William (Bucky) McElroy

MONROE – Services for former professional football player William “Bucky” McElroy, Jr. will be Friday. He died July 18 at age 83.

He played running backl at Southern Mississippi, then was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He completed his career with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL. He was president of James Machine Works.

Survivors include his wife Joy, a son and a daughter.

Arrangements are by Mulhearn.


GP, Rushing, Receiving and Points
Year Team GP TC Yds Avg TD Long Rec Yds Avg TD Long PTS
1955 HAM 8 121 632 5.2 6 37 8 85 10.6 0 20 30



KO Returns
Year Team KOR Yds Avg TD Long
1955 HAM 6 130 21.7 0 34







William (Bucky) McElroy

William (Bucky) McElroy

William (Bucky) McElroy