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Allie Sherman (born February 10, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American football running back and head coach. February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...

Alexander (Allie) Sherman was the renowned coach of the NFL's New York Giants from 1961-1968. His division titles with the Giants from 1961-63 were the high points of his coaching career. Sherman collected two NFL Coach of the Year Awards in 1961 and 1962, the first time such an honor was awarded to the same person in consecutive years. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ...

Career Highlights

Before becoming a head coach in the NFL, Sherman was the quarterback and captain of the 1941-1942 Brooklyn College football team. After graduating in 1943, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL as a quarterback and defensive back. In his rookie season, he played with a combined Philadelphia Eagle and Pittsburgh Steeler squad (due to manpower shortages caused by World War II). The team, called the Steagles, finished third in the NFL East with a record of 5-4-1. Sherman spent five seasons with the Eagles, who finished second in the NFL East from 1944-1946. In 1946, Allie completed 17 of 33 passes for 264 yards and led the league in yards per passing attempt (8.00). The following year, he helped lead the Eagles to the NFL East title with a record of 8-4-0. They tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for first and then defeated Pittsburgh in a playoff to reach the NFL Championship game. In the championship, the Eagles lost to the Chicago Cardinals (led by All-NFL defensive back Marshall Goldberg) 28-21. Sherman retired following the 1947 season, having played in 51 career NFL games. City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1943; 1945-1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Century Division (1967-1969) American Football... Steagles is the popular nickname for the team created by the temporary merger of two National Football League (NFL) teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles, during the 1943 season. ... The Arizona Cardinals are a National Football League team based in Tempe, Arizona. ... Marshall Goldberg (October 25, 1917 – April 3, 2006) was an American football running back with the Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League. ...

Upon his retirement, Sherman turned to coaching and became the New York Giants backfield coach in 1949, a position he held until 1953. That year, he took his first head coaching position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (one of his players was Hall of Famer Bud Grant) of the Canadian Football League. In 1957, Sherman returned to the Giants as a scout and then joined the coaching staff two years later. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a Canadian Football League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant (born May 20, 1927) is best known as the legendary head coach of the American football team the Minnesota Vikings. ... The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ...

Finally in 1961, Sherman was given an opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL and he made the most of it. That year, he led the Giants to the NFL Eastern Division championship and a spot in the NFL Championship game. Although they lost the championship to the Green Bay Packers, 37-0, Sherman was named NFL Coach of the Year because the Giants had improved from a 6-4-2 record in 1960 to 10-3-1 in 1961. City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950...

The following year, with legendary players such as Y.A. Tittle and Frank Gifford, Sherman continued his winning ways and led the Giants back to the NFL Championship games after they repeated as NFL East champs with a 12-2 record. Sherman was named NFL Coach of the Year although his Giants again fell to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship Game, this time 16-7; it was the first time in NFL history that a coach had been named Coach of the Year in back-to-back years. In 1963, the Giants won their third straight division title, but again lost in the NFL Championship Games, this time to the Chicago Bears, 14-10 (it was the Giants' last appearance in a championship game until Super Bowl XX in 1986). Yelberton Abraham Tittle (October 24, 1926, Marshall, Texas) is a former American Football quarterback who played for the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, and the New York Giants. ... Francis Newton Gifford (born August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California) was an American football player and one of the better-known American sports commentators in the latter part of the 20th century who made the transition from an athlete to broadcasting. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV...

Sherman coached the Giants for another five seasons but with the retirements of Tittle, Gifford, and other stars, the team did not have the same success. By 1968, New York fans wanted Sherman fired and they got their wish when the season ended, although the team had a 7-7 record. Sherman had a career record of 57-51-4 during his tenure as Giants coach. Sherman is a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Commack, New York.

NFL Player Record

Physical: 5'8", 168 pounds

Games: 51 Passes completed: 66 Passes attempted: 135 Passing percentage: 48.9 Passing yards: 823 Passing touchdowns: 9 Interceptions thrown: 10

Rushes: 93 Rushing yards: 44 Rushing average: 0.5 Rushing touchdowns: 4 Fumbles: 10

Interceptions: 2

Punts: 1 Punt yards: 27

NFL Coaching record (1961-1968 NY Giants): 57-51-4; 0-3 in the playoffs.


The Encyclopedia of Football, by Roger Treat (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1976 -- 14th Edition)

Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)

Encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)

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