Bill Swancutt

American football player (born 1982)
American football player
Bill Swancutt
No. 90
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1982-09-04) September 4, 1982 (age 41)
Salem, Oregon, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Salem (OR) Sprague
College:Oregon State
NFL draft:2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 184
Career history
  • Detroit Lions (2005–2007)
  • Oakland Raiders (2007)*
  • Baltimore Ravens (2007)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

William Swancutt (born September 4, 1982) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for Oregon State University, and was recognized as the conference player of the year. He was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Early life

He was born in Salem, Oregon, and attended Sprague High School in Salem.[1] He was recognised as a Super Prep All-American in 2000 and a Tacoma News-Tribune Northwest Nugget.[2] Swancutt was awarded the MVP of the Valley League twice and earned class 4A's defensive player of the year.[3] He also played a number of other sports while at the school including; basketball and baseball.[3]

College career

Swancutt received an athletic scholarship to attend Oregon State University, where he played for the Oregon State Beavers football team from 2001 to 2004.[1] He was named Pacific-10 Conference co-defensive player of the year in 2004.[1] He was also the 2004 recipient of the Morris Trophy, recognizing him as the outstanding defensive lineman in the Pac-10[4] and won the Senior Bowl defensive MVP honors.[3] Swancutt beat current OSU records with 37 sacks and 60 stops behind the line of scrimmage (previous records held by Inoke Breckterfield) during his time at the university.[3]

Professional career

Swancutt was selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round, 184th overall pick, of the 2005 NFL Draft.[5] He signed with the Lions on July 15, 2005.[6] He played his first NFL game against Baltimore Ravens in October 2005.[7] He played in eight of the Lions' sixteen games primarily in the kickoff and kickoff return teams.[7] He was released in July 2007 following a knee injury[8] which occurred during training camp in 2006.[2]

Swancutt was signed by the Oakland Raiders on July 27, 2007. He was released by the Raiders on August 1, 2007.[6] He signed with the Baltimore Ravens on August 6, 2007. He was released by the Ravens on September 1, 2007.[8]

Personal life

While at the university, Swancutt graduated with a 3.11 grade-point average[4] and a bachelor's degree in business finance. He currently works as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch.[1]

During his time with the Detroit Lions he shared an apartment with Dan Orlovsky in Dearborn, Michigan.[7] He now lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Abby and daughter, Cameron and son Bill Jr.


  1. ^ a b c d Horowitz, Gary (November 27, 2014). "Swancutt, Forster reflect on memories of the Civil War". Statesman Journal. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hatch, Brooks (October 9, 2010). "Beaver Sports: Swancutt made hard-hitting mark with Beavers". Albany Democrat-Herald. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bill Swancutt, DE, Oregon State". USA Today. May 18, 2005. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Bill Swancutt Named the Morris Trophy Recipient". Oregon State University Beavers. Oregon State University. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "2005 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Bill Swancutt". Archived from the original on December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Horowitz, Gary (December 1, 2006). "Bill Swancutt Reflects on Season". Oregon State. Archived from the original on December 30, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Bill Swancutt: Transactions". The Sports Forecaster NFL. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
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