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Encyclopedia > Jack Christiansen
Jack Christiansen
Date of birth December 20, 1928
Place of birth Sublette, Kansas
Date of death June 29, 1986
Position(s) Defensive back
College Colorado State
Pro Bowls 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956,
1957
Statistics
  • Pro Football Reference
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
1951-1958 Detroit Lions
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1970

Jack Leroy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 - June 29, 1986) was a football player and coach who put together an eight-year Hall of Fame playing career with Detroit Lions in the National Football League. Following his retirement, he served as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for nearly five seasons, then later served in the same capacity at Stanford University. December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sublette is a city located in Haskell County, Kansas. ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Colorado State University Colorado State University is a public land grant institution of higher learning located in Fort Collins, Colorado in the United States. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... See also: 1969 in sports, other events of 1970, 1971 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Pete Hamilton won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Isaac Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present... Stanford redirects here. ...


Playing career

Born in Sublette, Kansas, Christiansen's humble beginnings included being raised in an orphanage. He played three seasons of football at Colorado State University, and was a sixth round draft pick of the Lions in 1951. In his first year with the team, he became an integral part of the defensive backfield, a unit that would become known as "Chris's Crew," in tribute to his leadership. As strong as his defense was, Christiansen also developed a well-deserved reputation as the most dangerous return man in the game, returning eight punts for touchdowns during his career. In both situations, opponents changed their strategy to avoid either throwing near or kicking toward him. Sublette is a city located in Haskell County, Kansas. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... Colorado State University Colorado State University is a public land grant institution of higher learning located in Fort Collins, Colorado in the United States. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


In both 1952 and 1953, Christiansen helped the Lions to an NFL championship, leading the league in interceptions with 12 during the latter season. He continued this high standard of play, tying for the interception lead with 10 pickoffs in 1957 to help the Lions win their third title in six years, then retired after the conclusion of the 1958 NFL season. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1958 NFL season was the 39th regular season of the National Football League. ...


After winning All-Pro six consecutive years from (1952-1957) and playing in five consecutive Pro Bowls beginning in 1954, Christiansen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1999, he was ranked number 86 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


Coaching career

Christiansen stayed in the game, accepting an assistant coaching position with the 49ers under Red Hickey on January 22, 1959, joining a staff that included his former college coach, Mark Duncan. After just over four years of inconsistent play, Hickey resigned on September 30, 1963, with Christiansen receiving the promotion to head coach. In that season's final 11 games, the 49ers won only twice, but held the distinction of being the only team to defeat the eventual NFL champion Chicago Bears. Howard Wayne Red Hickey (February 14, 1917—30 March 2006) was an American football coach who invented the shotgun formation in 1960. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 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...


Over the succeeding four years, San Francisco continued to struggle, with Christiansen's best season coming in 1965 when the team was 7-6-1. The 49ers began the 1967 NFL season with five wins in their first six games, but won only two more games the remainder of the campaign, resulting in Christiansen's dismissal on December 20, 1967, while ending his tenure with a record of 26-38-3. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


After briefly serving as a consultant to the Colorado State athletic program, Christiansen returned to coaching as an assistant under John Ralston at Stanford in April 1968. During this period, the Indians (their previous nickname) pulled off consecutive Rose Bowl upsets of Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. When Ralston left to coach the NFL's Denver Broncos, Christiansen first considered following him back to Colorado, but instead was hired as Stanford's head coach on January 21, 1972, after fellow assistant Mike White turned the job down. John Ralston, a graduate of the University of California, played linebacker on two Cal Rose Bowl teams before earning his physical education Academic degree in 1951. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Ohio. ... UM also has campuses in Dearborn and Flint. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Christiansen would spend five years as Stanford's head coach, and was fired on November 19, 1976 after compiling a 30-22-3 record. Some of the reasons for the dismissal were Christiansen's troubles in recruiting players to the school, known for its top academics, his more player-friendly approach that brought criticism about a lack of discipline, and his blunt approach to dealing with a vocal alumni group. November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


Following his dismissal, Christiansen returned to the professional ranks, working one year with the Kansas City Chiefs. Following a coaching change, he was hired on April 24, 1978 by the Seattle Seahawks as the team's defensive backs coach. He served five years in the Northwest before another coaching change sent him looking for work following the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season. He found his final coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons on February 18, 1983, serving only one year before resigning on January 24, 1984 after being diagnosed with cancer. City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, Yellow, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner Lamar Hunt General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis. ...


Over the next 30 months, Christiansen continued to battle the disease. Just six weeks before his death, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, an honor that recognized his Lions career. He died after never regaining consciousness following additional cancer surgery.


External link

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
Preceded by:
Red Hickey
San Francisco 49ers Head Coaches
19631967
Succeeded by:
Dick Nolan
Preceded by:
John Ralston
Stanford University Head Football Coaches
19721976
Succeeded by:
Bill Walsh

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Jack Christiansen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (842 words)
Jack Leroy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 - June 29, 1986) was a football player and coach who put together an eight-year Hall of Fame playing career with Detroit Lions in the National Football League.
Christiansen stayed in the game, accepting an assistant coaching position with the 49ers under Red Hickey on January 22, 1959, joining a staff that included his former college coach, Mark Duncan.
Christiansen would spend five years as Stanford's head coach, and was fired on November 19, 1976 after compiling a 30-22-3 record.
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Jack Christiansen, 59, was convicted of felony abuse charges amid debate about whether photographs of clothed children ­ in this case an 8-year-old girl in a bikini ­ can be pornographic.
Specifically, Christiansen was found guilty of using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct and encouraging first-degree child sexual abuse.
Christiansen said the shots in question were inadvertent, the result of a cheap camera he had purchased second-hand.
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