CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2021
- Played college football for the University of Kansas from 1947-50.
- Selected by the New York Yanks in the 3rd round of the 1951 NFL Draft.
- Team moved to Dallas in 1952 and became the Texans.
- Conscripted into the US Army and served in Korea through ’54.
- Became free agent upon return, after franchise folded.
- Joined the Cleveland Browns that year initially playing on the defensive line.
- In ’55 moved to offensive line, blocking up front for HOFer Jim Brown.
- Became the most dominant lineman of the era, completely neutralizing HOF defenders.
- Retired in ’62 and jumped straight into coaching.
- After working the All-Star college game circuit, became an assistant coach with the Redskins in 1965, working there through ’72.
- Joined rival Eagles as head coach in ’73.
- Compiled a 16-25-1 record as head coach over 3 seasons.
- Worked with the Bengals from ’76-’79 as an assistant coach.
- Compiled a 9-23 record as HC of the Baltimore Colts over the next two years.
- Spent one year as HC of the Seahawks in ’82 winning 4 games and losing 3.
- Moved into the general manager role in 1982, helping build the Seahawks into a contender in the AFC West, through ’89.
- Served as the Panthers first GM from 1993-97.
- Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor
- Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor
- Pro Bowl 1951, ’56, ’57, ’60-’62
- All-Pro 1954-’62
- Pro Football Hall of Fame
Passed away in 2012 of heart failure at the age of 83.