Chasing down the defenders: William Fuller

Posted: September 04, 2008

Eagles career: He played twice here, first for Jim Mora and the champion Stars of the USFL for two seasons in the mid-1980s, then coming back to town to play for the Eagles for three season starting in 1994. "I really enjoyed my time there, both stints," he said. "Philly was good to me. I don't know if it was the air or the chessesteaks or what have you. I performed well in Philly."

The left defensive end, he led the team in sacks and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl all three seasons. All told, he compiled 35 1/2 sacks and particpated in three playoff games.

Where he is now: Back in his native area of Norfolk, Va., as present and CEO of Fulco Development, a diversified real estate development company. Among the projects his firm has completed is a grocery store and shopping center in the area of town where he grew up. On the plate is a 300-plus room Westin Hotel that could begin emerging from the ground by the first quarter of next year. "For me businesswise it's been up and down but overall it's been good." He and his wife live in Virginia Beach; their four daughters range in age from 28 to 10. Leaving football after the 1998 season, he said he tried his hand at coaching, "but I figured out that wasn't for me," he said, laughing. "I was too demanding on the kids." Still, he's involved in a number of charitible efforts, including several benefit golf tournaments in the Norfolk area and Houston, where he played for eight seasons. "I enjoy working with kids. I go and talk to them quite often. I just kind of fell into this development real estate game by happenstance."

Eagles memory: "I had my most success with the Eagles," he said the other day. "Three straight Pro Bowls. It was tough at the end [of my time there] and initially I was bitter, but you learn it's a business as well as a game." One highlight? I think everybody remembers the fourth and 1 when Dallas went for it again. Just challenging for the playoffs was great every year." They never got past Dallas, and slowly that group was disassembled as the Ray Rhodes era ran its course. "You always wonder what would have happened if that team stayed together."

Perspective on today's game: "More pure business," he said, adding that he rarely attends any games despite access to tickets. "My friends don't understand," he said. "To me it's kind of anticlimatic, I mean once you [played] and had that adrenaline rush, sitting in a box or sitting in the stands just doesn't cut it."

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