Bill Cline was an All-America performer at East Carolina from 1962-65 and his record performances still remain in the Pirate record book.
During his career, Cline gained 3,383 total yards of offense, which was an East Carolina record from 1964-1989. In passing yardage, the former Pirate tailback amassed 2,425 yards and 27 touchdowns. Cline also had 153 pass completions and returned punts with an 8.7 yards per return average
Selected as East Carolina's Most Outstanding Player in 1962 and 1964, Cline was a member of three Pirate teams that had a cumulative record of 32 wins against seven losses. During his playing career, the Pirates won the Eastern Bowl in 1964 and the Tangerine Bowl in 1964. He was the 1964 Tangerine Bowl MVP.
Cline went on to play five years in the Canadian Football League and played in the 1966 Gray Cup as a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders.