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Raymond "Buddy" Parker (died March 22, 1982) is a former football player and coach in the National Football League who served as head coach for three teams: the Chicago Cardinals, the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers. 22 March is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in Leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday 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. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Dennis Green Owner Bidwill Family General manager John Idzik Fight song None Mascot Big Red Local radio Flagship stations: KMVP (860 AM), KTAR (620 AM), and KMIA (710 AM)-Spanish Announcers: Kent Derdivanis and... City Detroit, Michigan Other nicknames None Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Other nicknames None Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert Fight song None Mascot None Local radio Flagship stations: WDVE (102. ...

Parker grew up in Kemp, Texas, just outside of Dallas, and played collegiately for Centenary College in Louisiana for three years beginning in 1932. Parker then signed with the Lions as a fullback in 1935, and during his first season, he helped the team capture the NFL championship. After one more year in the Motor City, he was traded to the Cardinals and spent the next seven seasons with Chicago, also seeing time on defense as a linebacker and defensive back. During the latter two years, he added the duties of backfield coach before becoming a full-time assistant in 1945. Kemp may refer to: Kemp, Texas Kemp, Oklahoma Kemp, Illinois can we add more names? thx This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Official language(s) None. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Centenary College is a private college affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located in Hackettstown, New Jersey. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last census; probably Baton Rogue since Hurricane Katrina Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 31st 134,382 km² 210 km 610 km 16 29°N to 33°N 89°W to 94°W Population... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ...

In 1947, the Cardinals captured their first (and only) NFL title, then lost in a blizzard in the following year's championship clash at Philadelphia. On February 3, 1949, he and Phil Handler were named co-head coaches of the Cardinals, replacing Jimmy Conzelman, who had left to work for a local advertising agency. The unique arrangement, which had Parker handling the offense and Handler the defense, quickly proved to be unworkable, and Handler was returned to the front office on October 25 with the Cardinals sporting a 2-4 record. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Phil Handler (July 21, 1908 - December 8, 1968) was a football player and coach who spent his entire professional career in the city of Chicago. ... Jimmy Conzelman (March 6, 1898 - August 5, 1970) was a professional football player for in the National Football League. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 67 days remaining. ...

In the season's final six games, Parker's team won four games, but a 52-20 loss to the crosstown Bears was quickly followed by Parker's surprising resignation on December 11. Publicly he stated, "I'm tired of being a head coach. The duties are too demanding," but Parker also reportedly was upset with his uncertain job status. December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

After first reconsidering his abrupt departure, Parker then signed as backfield coach of the Lions January 21, 1950. However, after head coach Bo McMillin found himself in continuous battles with players during the ensuing campaign, he resigned on December 19, with Parker being promoted to the top job the following day. January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Alvin Bo McMillin (January 12, 1895 - March 31, 1952) was a Hall-of-Fame college football player, and later successful head coach, who served at both the collegiate and professional levels but who achieved his greatest success at the college level. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Parker and quarterback Bobby Layne would popularize what became known as the two-minute offense, which allowed a team's offense to quickly move down the field late in a game. In Parker's first year, he led the team to a 7-4-1 record, good for a second place tie in the Western Conference. While the record was slightly better than average, he began bringing in the talent that would turn the team into a dominant force over the next few years. Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ...

Parker's superstitions also became legendary, with none of his players ever wearing the number 13, and the team always staying at the Chicago Hilton hotel when playing either the Bears or Cardinals. That choice of lodging changed after the team was placed one year on the 13th floor and lost. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ...

The 1952 NFL season, saw the Lions defeat the Los Angeles Rams in a divisional playoff on December 21, then use a strong defensive effort to defeat the injury-plagued Cleveland Browns on the road by a 17-7 score. In 1953, the two teams again met for the title, with some late heroics by Layne and Jim Doran helping to squeeze out a 17-16 thriller in the December 27th game. The 1952 NFL season was the 33rd regular season of the National Football League. ... City St. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Cleveland, Ohio Other nicknames None Team colors Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Fight song None Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper Local radio Flagship stations: WMMS (100. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ...

Putting together a 9-2-1 mark in 1954, the Lions and Browns met for the third straight year, but this time, Cleveland battered Detroit by a 56-10 score. The after-effects of the result lasted thoughout the following year, when retirement and injuries plunged the Lions to a 3-9 last-place finish. Parker was able to make another run for the title in 1956, but the Lions dropped the season finale to the Bears, the key play coming when Layne went out of the game with an injury. 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

On July 26, 1957, Parker obtained quarterback Tobin Rote, a prescient move that would help the team when Layne broke his ankle and Rote led the team to its third championship in six years. However, Parker would not be around for that celebration after stunning the football world by resigning on August 12, during the team's training camp. Citing an inability to control his players, Parker's struggle in obtaining a two-year contract from Lions' management also likely played a role. July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tobin Rote (1928 - 2000) was an American college and professional football player who played quarterback for the NFLs Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts, and the American Football Leagues San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

After first reports had him replacing Baltimore Colts head coach Weeb Ewbank, Parker would instead take over the Steelers on August 27, signing a five-year contract. During his first season, Parker led the team to a 6-6 mark and began making countless trades that left the team with few top draft choices over the next six years. City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames None Team colors Royal Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Fight song None Mascot Spike and Spirit Local radio Flagship stations: WFBQ (94. ... Wilbur Weeb Ewbank (May 6, 1907 - November 17, 1998) was an American professional football coach. ... Births 1407 - Ashikaga Yoshikazu, Japanese shogun (d. ...

During the 1958 preseason, Parker attempted to get the players' attention by cutting five veterans, including Billy Wells, the team's leading rusher the previous season. He also reunited with Layne, trading for the signal caller on October 6. The price (quarterback Earl Morrall and two first round draft picks) was steep, but the immediate impact was evident: the team improved to 7-4-1, the team's best record in a decade. 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Thomas Wells (August 31, 1889 – June 12, 1967) was a heavyweight boxer. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in Leap years). ... Earl Morrall (b. ...

The next two years, the Steelers managed to compete at a .500 level, but dropped to 6-8 in 1961. The next year, the team finished second in the Eastern Conference with a 9-5 mark, then came within one game of competing in the 1963 NFL championship game before falling to the New York Giants. During the latter year, the team challenged despite the retirement of Layne and the tragic off-season death of Eugene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Template:C20YearInnTopic 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...

The aging team then began a decline that would continue until the arrival of Chuck Noll in 1969. During the 1964 NFL season, Parker's team finished 5-9, but Parker signed a three-year deal on January 22, 1965, saying that the team was not that far away from a championship. He would change his mind when the team dropped its first four exhibition games, and repeated history by resigning on September 5, reportedly telling team owner Art Rooney, "I can't win with this bunch of stiffs." Charles Henry Chuck Noll (born January 5, 1932) is a former American football coach, having served as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The 1964 NFL season was the 45th regular season of the National Football League. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... Arthur Joseph Rooney, Sr. ...

Parker would never again coach, spending much of his remaining years in the real estate field, but he did receive job offers. In January 1966, he was under consideration for a Rams' assistant position under George Allen, then was a candidate for head coach of the Washington Redskins in December 1968. January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... George Herbert Allen (April 29, 1918 – December 31, 1990) was an American football coach in the NFL. // Early life Allen was born in Detroit, Michigan, where his father worked in an auto plant. ... 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 Mascot None Local radio Flagship stations: WJFK 106. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...

On March 7, 1982, he underwent surgery for a ruptured ulcer, but complications left him unconscious until his death 15 days later. March 7 is the 66th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (67th in Leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Preceded by:
Jimmy Conzelman
Chicago Cardinals Head Coaches
Succeeded by:
Curly Lambeau
Preceded by:
Bo McMillin
Detroit Lions Head Coaches
Succeeded by:
George Wilson
Preceded by:
Walt Kiesling
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coaches
Succeeded by:
Mike Nixon

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