Thursday, June 29, 2006
Billy Hickman , a longtime college and professional football coach who worked for the Washington Redskins under George Allen and Joe Gibbs , died Monday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Leesburg. He was 83.
Hickman, a native of Baltimore, played college football as a punter and halfback for the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia after serving in the Army in World War II. He was an assistant coach at North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, Vanderbilt and Virginia before joining Allen's Redskins staff from 1973 to '77.
He worked from 1978 to '80 as a quality control coach for the Los Angeles Rams, then returned to work in the same position on Gibbs's Redskins staff from 1981 until he retired after the 1988 season.
-- Leonard Shapiro