He went to two Pro Bowls during his eight-year career and was credited with an unofficial 17 sacks in one game. Willey played college football at Marshall University and was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1950 NFL Draft. In 2003, he was elected into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame for his career in football and basketball.
Wiley died on August 18, 2011, aged 83, only four days short of his 84th birthday.
In remembrance of Willey, the Pennsville Memorial High School football team represented his initials on each of their helmets during the 2011 season.