|Born:||July 15, 1943|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Holy Cross|
|NFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 26|
|AFL draft:||1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14|
(by the Houston Oilers)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
William Frederick Truax (born July 15, 1943) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Louisiana State University.
Truax attended Holy Cross, where he practiced football, basketball, baseball and track. As a senior, he received All-state, All-Prep, All-Catholic, Times-Picayune four-sport Athlete of the Year, honorable-mention All-Southern and All-American nomination spot for Louisiana honors.
As a senior, he was named a team captain, while leading the team with 10 receptions for 112 yards (11.2-yard average) and one touchdown. He also played defense during his career, collecting 2 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.
In 2019, he was inducted into the Sugar Bowl's Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.
Truax was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (26th overall) of the 1964 NFL draft. He also was selected by the Houston Oilers in the second round (14th overall) of the 1964 AFL Draft.
As a 21-year-old rookie, he was converted into an outside linebacker and suffered a torn a hamstring on the first day of training camp. He lost 6 weeks and was traded to the Rams without having played a down for the Browns on August 31, in exchange for a 1965 second round draft choice (#22-Gerry Bussell).
Los Angeles Rams
In 1964, he was tried at defensive end before settling at tight end. In his first 2 seasons he played mainly on the special teams units. In 1966, he began playing in the offense, where his size made him an excellent blocker. He had 7 receptions for 62 yards against the Green Bay Packers.
In 1969, he had 37 receptions (fourth on the team) for 431 yards (third on the team) and 5 touchdowns. His best game came against the Atlanta Falcons, collecting 7 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.
In 1970, he registered 36 receptions (third on the team) for 420 yards (third on the team) and 3 touchdowns. On May 19, 1971, Truax was traded along with wide receiver Wendell Tucker to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for wide receiver Lance Rentzel.
In 1971, he was limited with torn cartilage in his left knee and played 12 games (10 starts), with 4 contests started by future hall of fame tight end Mike Ditka. He only had 15 receptions for 232 yards and one touchdown, but was a part of the Cowboys' Super Bowl VI championship team.
In 1972, he was limited from off-season knee surgery and lost his starting job to Ditka. He was only able to play in 6 games and catch 4 passes for 49 yards.
In 1973, the Cowboys drafted tight end Billy Joe DuPree in the first round. On September 5, Truax was assigned to the taxi squad because of a stomach disorder (ulcer). He appeared in 2 games and didn't register any stats, before being placed on the injured reserve list on October 26. He was not re-signed after the season.
New York Giants
- "Baby Bengals, Billow Battle on Big Friday". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Former TE Billy Truax To Enter NOLA Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Browns trade rookie Traux". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Cowboys Trade Rentzel, 3 Others In Shakeup". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Billy Truax Happy With New Status". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Ankle Injury Might Ruin Otto's Season". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Transactions". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Giants Sign Free Agents". Retrieved January 6, 2020.