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Encyclopedia > Bill McPeak

William Patrick McPeak (July 24, 1926 - May 7, 1991) was an American football player and NFL coach. July 24 is the 205th day (206th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 160 days remaining. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

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Playing Career

Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, McPeak was a star defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played from 1949 to 1957. It was during the final two years of his playing career that he would also become an assistant coach for the team. New Castle is a city in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; in 1910, the total population was 36,280; in 1920, 44,938; and in 1940, 47,638. ... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... 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... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Head Coaching Career

In 1959, McPeak joined the Washington Redskins as an assistant under head coach Mike Nixon. After Nixon's dismissal following the 1960 NFL season, McPeak was promoted to head coach, and would remain in that position until 1965. Although the Redskins did not have a winning season under McPeak (he had an overall 21-46-3 record as head coach), it was during his tenure that the team would acquire players (many of whom would become Hall-of-Famers) that would eventually play a part in their later winning years such as Sonny Jurgensen and Bobby Mitchell, and draft future stars such as wide receiver Charley Taylor, tight end Jerry Smith, center Len Hauss, and linebacker Chris Hanburger. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... Mike Nixon (November 21, 1911) is a former American football player, coach and scout who spent close to a half-century connected to the game. ... The 1960 NFL season was the 41th regular season of the National Football League. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Christian Adolph Sonny Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934) is a famed American football quarterback. ... Robert Cornelius Mitchell (born June 6, 1935, Hot Springs, Arkansas) is a former American football running back/ wide receiver who played for the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. ... Charlie Taylor was instrumental in helping the Washington Redskins reach six NFC Title games (1972, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, and 1991) winning five of them and five Super Bowls (1973 (Super Bowl VII), 1983 (Super Bowl XVII), 1984 (Super Bowl XVIII), 1988 (Super Bowl XXII), 1992 (Super Bowl XVI) ) winning... Jerry Smith (1943 - 15 October 1986) was a professional football player, playing tight end for the NFL Washington Redskins from 1965-1977. ... Len Hauss was an American football player who played center for the Washington Redskins from 1964 to 1977. ... Chris Hanburger (born 1941 is a former American Football linebacker who played his entire fourteen year career with the Washington Redskins from 1965 to 1978 in the National Football League. ...


Later Coaching & Scouting

In 1967, McPeak would join the Detroit Lions as an assistant coach, a position he held until 1972 when he moved on to the Miami Dolphins to replace Howard Schnellenberger who became head coach of the Baltimore Colts. Unfortunately he would only be an assistant in Miami for two seasons because he would suffer a stroke, and would take several years to recover. After his recovery, he would join the New England Patriots where he became director of scouting for a dozen years. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Navy Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Howard Schnellenberger is a prolific American football coach at both the professional and college level. ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... City Foxboro, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC...


McPeak died of a heart attack on May 7, 1991 at the age of 64 at his home in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Foxborough (or Foxboro) is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Boston. ...


External Links

  • Bill McPeak, Football Scout, 64
Preceded by:
Mike Nixon
Washington Redskins Head Coaches
19611965
Succeeded by:
Otto Graham

 
 

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