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About Bill Schroeder


  • An 11-year veteran wide receiver with great athleticism and big-play ability
  • Led the Lions in receiving yards (595) and touchdown receptions (five) in his first season with the team despite playing through numerous nagging injuries
  • Originally signed by the Lions March 14, 2002
  • Spent the majority of his NFL career playing with three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers
  • A starter with the Packers for three seasons (1999-01)
  • Has an outstanding career yards per catch average of 15.4
  • Recorded a career-high nine touchdown receptions in 2001 with the Packers and ranked second in the NFL in with a 17.32 yards per catch average
  • Has great ball awareness and excellent instincts when attempting to retrieve the ball out of the air
  • Jumping ability allows him to elevate over the defender
  • Humble beginnings saw him play only one year of college football at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, a Division-III school in western Wisconsin
  • Drafted in the sixth round of the 1994 draft (181st overall) by the Green Bay Packers
  • Traded to New England during the ensuing season where he suffered a broken bone in his foot in a preseason game and spent the year on injured reserve
  • Waived by the Patriots during the 1996 preseason and was subsequently signed to Green Bay and won Super Bowl XXXI
  • Enjoyed a standout 1997 season in the then-World League, leading into the ’97 NFL campaign.

1998 - Finished with 31 receptions (tied fourth on the team) for 452 yards and 1 touchdown

1999 - Packers’ starter at split end. Started all 16 games for the first time in his career. Tied for the team lead in receptions (and for 14th in the NFC) with a career-high 74 catches. Reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time professionally, his 1,051 yards ranking second on the club 14th in the conference. Performances marked only the second time in club history a receiving duo had each posted 1,000 yards. His production included five receiving touchdowns, tying for second place on the team. One of just three NFL players to post at least three receptions in every game of 1999 (the Raiders’ Tim Brown and the Colts’ Marvin Harrison were the others), Registered a career-high 158 receiving yards on seven receptions in 26-23 win over Tampa Bay.

2000 - Served as the Packer's starter at split end for the second consecutive year, starting all 16 games for the second season in a row as well. Finished second on the team in receptions with 65, including a career-long 55-yard haul among four touchdowns. Led the Packers with 999 receiving yards, falling just one yard short of his second straight 1,000-yard campaign and the distinction of being just the fourth player in club annals to post back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns. Average of 15.4 yards per reception was a career high. Among conference receivers, ranked 10th in yards and 20th in receptions. Made 20 third-down receptions, good for ninth place in the NFC. Registered a career-best eight receptions in three different contests; he also led the club with three 100-yard receiving days, raising his career total to five. Enjoyed his top performance of the year in the Packers’ 26-24 win over Indianapolis, matching his career high with eight receptions for 155 yards (19.4 avg.), including six catches for 113 yards in just the first half.

2001 - Served as the starter at split end for Green Bay a third straight year. Finished second on the team in receptions with 53, giving him his third career 50-catch season - tied for fourth-best in club record books. Averaged 17.32 yards per reception - second-highest in the NFL. Ranked 12th in the NFC with 918 yards receiving this year despite missing two contests. Had a career-high 9 touchdown receptions to tie for third on the team in points and sixth in NFC scoring among non-kickers. Also started both of the Packers' playoff games. Earlier in the season at Detroit he became just the 15th player in team history to catch 200-or-more passes in a career. Posted five 100-yard receiving days this year to up his career total to 10. Caught a touchdown pass in each of the Packers' first four games - all in spectacular fashion - just the 12th time in club history that a player has made a TD catch in as many as four straight contests. Now stands 14th on Green Bay's all-time receiving list with 225 career receptions, having cracked the Top Twenty in the regular-season opener.

2002 - Served as the starter at split end for Detroit for 13 games. Grabbed 36 receptions for 595 yards (16.5 avg.) and five touchdowns in first year with Lions. Had arguably his best day as a Lion in the season finale against Minnesota (12/29) as he finished with six receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown.

2003 - Served as the starter at split end for a second straight year for 13 games. Grabbed 36 receptions for 397 yards (11 avg.) and two touchdowns in second year with Lions.

2004 – Received 7 receptions for 156 yards (22.3 avg.) and one touchdowns in only year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Career – 111 Games, 304 receptions, 4583 yards, 15.1 yard avg., 28 touchdowns

  • Played one season (1993) of college football for Wisconsin-La Crosse, snaring 30 passes for 752 yards (25.1 avg.) and 8 touchdowns as Eagles won the Wisconsin State University Conference Championship
  • Also a return man, he averaged 12.1 yards on 27 punt returns and 24.8 yards on 22 kickoff returns
  • Enjoyed an excellent track career at UW-La Crosse as he garnered NCAA Division III All-America honors 17 times
  • Captured Division III titles in the triple jump in 1992 and the long jump in 1993
  • Was a conference champion 16 times at La Crosse, he left campus holding eight school track records
  • Holds B.S. degree in physical education/teaching


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