Other coaches are deserving of Hall of Fame

By Steve Stout - sstout@civitasmedia.com

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl, was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dungy led the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl XLI, and he also set an NFL record by leading his team to the playoffs 10 straight seasons as coach of the Buccaneers and Colts (1999-2008).

Overall – including the playoffs – Dungy was 148-79 as a head coach.

In the playoffs, he was 9-10.

And while Dungy certainly deserves his Hall of Fame election, there are several other worthy head coaches still waiting for the call to Canton.

* George Seifert won two Super Bowls with the 49ers, was 124-67 overall and 10-5 in the playoffs.

* Tom Flores won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, was 105-90 overall and 8-3 in the playoffs.

* Jimmy Johnson won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys, was 89-68 overall and 9-4 in the playoffs.

Mike Shanahan has also won two Super Bowls, but is apparently still in the NFL job market.

In the pre-Super Bowl era, Buddy Parker won two NFL titles with the Detroit Lions in the 1950s and Lou Saban claimed a pair of AFL titles with the Buffalo Bills in the 1960s.

On the other end of the spectrum, George Allen is in the Hall of Fame despite never winning an NFL championship and going 2-7 in the playoffs.

Hall of Famer Steve Owen went 2-8 in the playoffs but did win a pair of NFL titles with the Giants. He was also a standout player from 1924-33.


Trivia Time – Carl Erskine pitched two no-hitters during his career with the Dodgers.

This week’s question – Lou Saban started his football head-coaching career at which university in Ohio?


By Steve Stout


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