Willie Gault went to the University of Tennessee, like many other great wide receivers, and was then drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Bears with the 18th pick of the 1983 NFL Draft. Gault then went on to put up an 11 year career in the NFL, as a member of both the Bears and the Los Angeles Raiders. Gault was also a member of the famous 1985 Chicago Bears team that went 15-1 during the regular season and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Here are some interesting facts about Willie Gault:
-Though usually associated with the Bears, Willie Gault actually only spent five seasons in Chicago and spent six years with the Raiders.
-During his career as a wide receiver, Willie Gault rushed the ball 21 times for 154 yards, a 7.3 yards per carry average.
-Willie Gault was a member of the men’s 4×100 relay Olympic relay team in 1980 when the United States boycotted the Olympics. He did end up getting a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
-The longest catch of Willie Gault’s career went for 87 yards and came during his rookie season.
-Willie Gault has appeared in a number of television shows including Hanging With Mr. Cooper, Tales from the Crypt, In the Heat of the Night, Baywatch, The Pretender, The West Wing, Fat Actress, and more.
-Willie Gault’s movie roles have seen him appear in the films Night Vision, Holy Man, The Sum of All Fears, Cottonmouth, S.W.A.T., Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo, and Shut Up and Shoot.
-In 1985, Willie Gault returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.