Bill Shatzer and Suzanne Shatzer Doerge Scholarship
Bill Shatzer ’42 was a four-sport athlete, receiving varsity letters in football (three), baseball (three), basketball (three) and track (two). A “triple-threat” in football, the quarterback/running back/punter could do it all and was honored as a three-time all-conference performer, two-time Team MVP and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics “Little All-American”.
After signing to play football with the Detroit Lions, Shatzer was called to active duty in August during World War II and, while in training, played for the Naval Pre-Flight School Seahawks. On a team that included may All-Americans and professional players, he was the leading ground gainer and regarded as the greatest running back of that time.
Shatzer went oversees in April 1944. A month later, he was declared missing-in-action while on patrol from a base on the Aleutian Islands.
In October 2001, a bronze sculpture honoring Shatzer was installed on North Central College’s Championship Plaza. This powerful memorial is a life-size replica of Shatzer in full football gear in the classic running pose. Situated near the football field that meant so much to him, the statue honors all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In January 2004, Shatzer was inducted into the first North Central College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Bill Shatzer and Suzanne Shatzer Doerge Scholarship was created by Bill Shatzer, Jr., in memory of his father, Bill, and mother, Suzanne.