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Encyclopedia > Hank Stram
Hank Stram
Date of birth January 3, 1923
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Date of death July 4, 2005 (aged 82)
Place of death Covington, Louisiana
Position(s) Head Coach
College Purdue
Career Highlights
Awards 1968 AFL Coach of the Year
1968 AFL Coach of the Year
Career Record 131-97-10
Super Bowl
      Wins
1969 Super Bowl IV
Championships
      Won
1969 AFL Championship
1966 AFL Championship
1962 AFL Championship
Stats
Coaching Stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching Stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1960-1962

1963-1969

1970-1974

1976-1977
AFL Dallas Texans
(Head coach)
AFL Kansas City Chiefs
(Head Coach)
NFL Kansas City Chiefs
(Head coach)
New Orleans Saints
(Head coach)
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2003

Hank Stram (January 3, 1923July 4, 2005), was an American Football coach. He is best known for his 14-year tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Stram won three AFL Championships (more than any other coach in the league's history) and Super Bowl IV with the Chiefs. He also coached for the most victories (87), most post-season appearances (6) and the best post-season record in the AFL (5-1). Stram is also largely responsible for the introduction of Gatorade to the NFL due to his close association with Ray Graves, coach at the University of Florida during Gatorade's development and infancy. January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 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Early life and career

Stram was born Henry Louis Stram in Chicago in 1923. His Polish-born father, Henry Wilczek, wrestled professionally under the name Stram and the family name was changed accordingly. He earned seven letters playing football and baseball and joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Purdue in the 1940s, playing in 1942 and again in 1946 and 1947. Stram volunteered for the US defense forces during World War II interrupting his university career. Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... Purdue University is a public land-grant university system within the state of Indiana. ...


He was an assistant football coach for the Boilermakers in 1948-1955 and the head baseball coach from 1951-1955. In 1996, Stram and Len Dawson were inducted into the Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame. After coaching at Purdue, Stram was an assistant at Notre Dame, Southern Methodist University, and Miami. A boilermaker, also known as a depth charge, is a cocktail consisting of a shot of whiskey, or vodka, and a glass of beer. ... Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American football quarterback from Purdue University who played for three professional teams, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Roman Catholic institution located in Notre Dame, Indiana, immediately northeast of South Bend, Indiana, United States. ... Dallas Hall at Dedman College at SMU The Laura Lee Blanton Hall during a rare snow storm Southern Methodist University (also known as SMU) is a nationally recognized, private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas, (an enclave of Dallas). ... The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ...


Professional coaching career (1960-1977)

Lamar Hunt recruited Stram to coach his Dallas Texans in 1959. Hunt had previously been a bench player at SMU when Stram had been coaching there and the position had been turned down by Bud Wilkinson and Tom Landry, then an assistant at the New York Giants. The Texans played their first game in the new AFL in September 1960 and proved to be successful from the beginning. Lamar Hunt (August 2, 1932 – December 13, 2006) was a promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States and an inductee of the first three sports halls of fame. ... Charles Burnham Bud Wilkinson (April 23, 1916–February 9, 1994) was an American football player, coach, and broadcaster. ... Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ... 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 John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National...


In 1962, the Texans won the AFL Western Division and the AFL championship. The Texans won the championship against the Houston Oilers 20-17 in what was then the longest American football game ever played. Tommy Brooker kicked a field goal after nearly 16 minutes of overtime to win the game for the Texans and stop the Oilers from winning their third straight title. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West...


The Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963 and continued their success. In 1966, they won the AFL title again on the back of one of the best defensive teams in the history of professional football featuring three hall-of-famers and eight all star players. The Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills 31-7 in Buffalo. The Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I with the Packers winning 35-10. Packers coach Vince Lombardi used a short passing game to overcome the Chiefs defense which proved successful with quarterback Bart Starr becoming the first Super Bowl MVP. City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders (Green Bay Packers Foundation) 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... Date January 15, 1967 Stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum City Los Angeles MVP Bart Starr, Quarterback Favorite Packers by 14 National anthem University of Arizona and Grambling State University Bands Coin toss Norm Schachter Referee Norm Schachter Halftime show University of Arizona and Grambling State University Bands Attendance 61,946... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football. ... Bryan Bartlett Starr (born January 9, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA) is a former professional American football player and coach. ...


In a 1968 game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, the Chiefs entered the game without a healthy wide receiver ready to play. Stram went in to pro football's past and resurrected the T-Formation. The Chiefs won the game 24-10 running the ball 60 times for over 300 yards while passing only three times for 16 yards. City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970...


The Kansas Chiefs won the AFL championship again in 1969. In Super Bowl IV, his ingenious innovations, the "moving pocket" and the "triple-stack defense", dominated the Minnesota Vikings on both sides of the ball. In the Super Bowl, Stram became the first professional football coach to wear a microphone. Stram's recorded comments from that game have become classics: "Let's matriculate the ball down the field, boys.", "65 Toss Power Trap" and his assessment of the Vikings' ineffectual play: "You can't do that in OUR league!". The Super Bowl victory was the second straight by a team from the AFL and added credibility to the newer league, which would complete a planned merger with the NFL the following season. Date January 11, 1970 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Len Dawson, Quarterback Favorite Vikings by 12 1/2 National anthem Al Hirt Coin toss Game referee Referee John McDonough Halftime show Mardi Gras with Carol Channing Attendance 80,562 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969...


In 1971, the Chiefs won the AFC Western Division championship. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Chiefs on Christmas Day 1971 with the teams playing the longest game in the history of the NFL. After that, the Chiefs did not enjoy the same success, resulting in Stram leaving the franchise. City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. 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 Football Conference...


Stram became the head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 1976, but posted losing records in his two seasons, 4-10-0 & 3-11-0. Perhaps the biggest highlight of his tenure was a 27-17 win over his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, at Arrowhead Stadium in 1976. The 1977 campaign culminated in an historic home loss to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers who were riding a 26 game losing streak over two seasons. Stram took the loss hard; he burned the game film. He was fired after the final game of the season. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Arrowhead Stadium is a stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the National Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs and former home to Major League Soccers Kansas City Wizards. ... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference...


Stram was an innovator, a shrewd judge of talent, and an excellent teacher. He helped develop Hall of Famers Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud and many others like Johnny Robinson, Ed Budde and Otis Taylor. He was also the first coach in professional football to use Gatorade on his sidelines and run both the I-Formation and two-tight end offense, still used in professional football today. On defense, the Chiefs employed a triple-stack defense, hiding the three linebackers behind defensive linemen, and were the first professional football team to cover the center with a defensive lineman (otherwise known as a nose tackle). Walhalla temple, Germany A hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of museum established for any a field of endeavour to honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field. ... Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American football quarterback from Purdue University who played for three professional teams, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Robert Lee Bell, Jr (Born June 17, 1940, in Shelby, North Carolina) is a former American Football linebacker/defensive end who played for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Junious Buchanan (Born September 10, 1940, in Gainesville, Alabama, Died July 16, 1992) was a former American Football defensive tackle who played for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Willie Edward Lanier (August 21, 1945, Clover, Virginia) is a former American Football linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Jan Stenerud (born November 26, 1942, in Fetsund, Norway) is a former football player for the Kansas City Chiefs (1967-1979), Green Bay Packers (1980-1983), and Minnesota Vikings (1984-1985) of the National Football League. ... :See below for others of the same name Johnny Robinson (born 1938) was an American college and professional football player from Louisiana State University. ... Ed Budde (born 1940), a product of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri and later Michigan State University, was the No. ... Otis Taylor (born August 11, 1942, in Houston, Texas) was an American college and professional American football player, for Prairie View A&M University and the American Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs. ... Gatorade is a non-carbonated sports drink marketed by the Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo. ...


Stram was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. At the Hall of Fame ceremonies, Stram was so weakened by the effects of diabetes that Len Dawson pushed his former coach onto the stage in a wheelchair. Stram's induction speech was then played from a previously-recorded videotape. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...


Like other AFL pioneers, Stram's contributions to the game helped change the face of professional football.


Broadcasting career

Following his retirement from coaching, he enjoyed a long and successful career as a color commentator on CBS' television and radio broadcasts of NFL games. As a broadcaster, Hank Stram was best remembered for his near 20 year stint (beginning in 1978 and lasting through the 1995 season) with Jack Buck on radio broadcasts of Monday Night Football games. Stram's key broadcasting trademark was his habit of predicting the next play before it happened. A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada and Britain), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... John Francis Jack Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ...


On January 10, 1982, Stram, along with Vin Scully, called the famous NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. The game in question was immortalized by Dwight Clark's touchdown catch which elevated the 49ers into their first Super Bowl appearance (the first of four during the 1980s). January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Vincent Edward Vin Scully (born November 29, 1927, in The Bronx, New York) is an American sportscaster, known primarily as the play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1981 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVI. // at Shea Stadium, Flushing, Queens, New York TV: NBC Starting Quarterbacks: Buffalo Bills - Joe Ferguson 12 New York Jets - Richard Todd 14 Bills defensive back Bill Simpson interception at the Buffalo 1-yard line with 2... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dwight Edward Clark, b. ... For other uses of The Catch, see The Catch (disambiguation). ... Date January 24, 1982 Stadium Pontiac Silverdome City Pontiac, Michigan MVP Joe Montana, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 1 National anthem Diana Ross Coin toss Bobby Layne Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show Up with People presents Salute to the 1960s and Motown Attendance 81,270 TV in the United States Network...


During a 1988 broadcasting trip to Indianapolis for a Chicago Bears-Colts game, Stram collapsed with a severely blocked aortic valve and underwent open heart surgery. He was hospitalized in Indianapolis for a week and later resumed his career with CBS. The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: , County Marion Founded 1821 Government  - Mayor Bart Peterson (D) Area  - City  372 sq mi (963. ... 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... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue, White, and Gray Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC...


Hank Stram retired to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he built a home in the town of Covington. He died at St. Tammany Parish hospital in Covington, from complications due to diabetes, on July 4, 2005. He was 82 years old. Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ... The city of Covington is the parish seat of St. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Career highlights

  • 1960 Head Coach Dallas Texans
  • 1962 Dallas Texans AFL champions
  • 1966 Kansas City Chiefs AFL champions
  • 1968 American Football League Coach of the Year
  • 1969 Kansas City Chiefs AFL champions
  • 1970 Chiefs win Super Bowl IV
  • 1971 Chiefs win AFC West
  • 1974 Coaching career ends at Kansas City Chiefs
  • 1977 End of Coaching Career with 134-97-10 record and 5-3 postseason record
  • 2003 Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

See also

The following is a list of players that played for the 1960-1969 American Football League. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

References

Internet references

  • Hank Stram's Hall of Fame article
  • Don Shula's speech welcoming Stram to the Hall of Fame
  • About Football article on Hank Stram
  • Canadian Press obituary, 5 July 2005

Printed references

  • Hank Stram with Lou Sahadi, They're Playing My Game, Morrow, New York 1986 ISBN 0-688-06080-3
  • Edward Gruver, The American Football League: A Year-by-Year History 1960-1969 McFarland & Company 1997 ISBN 0-7864-0399-3
  • Brad Adler, Coaching Matters: Leadership & Tactics of the NFL's Ten Greatest Coaches Brassey's Inc 2003 pages 56-57 ISBN 1-57488-613-4
  • "Stram gets Texan post", Dallas Morning News December 21, 1959
  • "Texans now rule AFL kingdom", Dallas Morning News December 24, 1962
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