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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. On three separate occasions, Handler served as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals. July 21 is the 202nd day (203rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 163 days remaining. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... 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. ... 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...


Handler was an undersized (5-10, 180 lbs.) offensive guard who played college football at Texas Christian University for three years beginning in 1927 under legendary head coach Francis Schmidt. Despite Cardinals' coach Earle "Greasy" Neale's dismissive comment upon his arrival with the Cardinals in the summer of 1930: "You'll never make it kid. You're too small," Handler went on to a seven-year career with the team. Texas Christian University (abbreviated TCU) is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Earle Greasy Neale was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 1969. ...


Upon his retirement during the 1937 NFL season, Handler became a Cardinals' coach (having served in a player-coach capacity during those two final years.) His career in the Windy City appeared to have ended on November 28, 1938, when he and head coach Milan Creighton resigned following a 2-9 finish, but Handler later reconsidered his decision and continued as an assistant coach. The nickname Windy City has been applied to at least two cities: Chicago, Illinois - the most famous Windy City Wellington, New Zealand This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


On July 3, 1943, Handler took over the Cardinals' head coaching duties when head coach Jimmy Conzelman accepted a front office position with baseball's St. Louis Browns. However, with talent shortages due to World War II, the Cardinals lost all 10 games that season, then merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers the following year. That effort also resulted in a winless season in 1944, and after a 1-9 season the next year, Handler gave way for the returning Conzelman. July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... Jimmy Conzelman (March 6, 1898 - August 5, 1970) was a professional football player for in the National Football League. ... (For the 1901-02 American League team known as the Baltimore Orioles, see New York Yankees. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead:17 million Civilian dead:33 million Total dead:50 million Military dead:8 million Civilian dead:4 million Total dead:12 million World War II... 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. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ...


The return of not only their head coach, but many top players, helped the Cardinals improve to 6-5 in 1946, followed by the franchise's only NFL title the next season. The 28-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 1947. One year later, the same two teams faced each other, but in a blinding snowstorm, the Eagles' fourth quarter touchdown was enough to give them the championship. 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Silver, Black, and White Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop Local radio Flagship stations: WYSP (94. ... December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


After Conzelman again resigned, Handler and fellow assistant Buddy Parker were named co-head coaches of the Cardinals in a unique arrangement on February 3, 1949, brought about by the two owners' different preferences. The end result was quickly evident as the team won just two of its fix six contests, resulting in Handler being shifted to a front office role on October 25. 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. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 67 days remaining. ...


When Parker left after the season, longtime Green Bay legend Curly Lambeau took his place and brought back Handler as the team's line coach. The new staff continued to struggle, and after a 7-15 mark, Lambeau resigned on December 7, 1951, with Handler and Cecil Isbell coaching the team's last two games. Earl Louis Curly Lambeau (April 9, 1898 - June 1, 1965) was the founder, a player and the first coach of the Green Bay Packers professional football team. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


After more than two decades with the same team, Handler moved to the North side of Chicago to become a line coach for the crosstown Bears on July 19, 1952. In addition to his coaching duties, Handler also served as a scout for the team for the next 16 seasons, helping the team reach the 1956 NFL Championship game, then capture the title seven years later. July 19 is the 200th day (201st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 165 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Handler was in danger of not being employed during the championship year when he became part of a gambling investigation that eventually saw Paul Hornung and Alex Karras suspended for a year. It was later determined that Handler's boss at his off-season job with a local lumber company was a heavy gambler, but that Handler had provided him with no inside information. Paul Vernon Hornung (born December 23, 1935 in Louisville, Kentucky) was an outstanding all-around athlete who played college basketball but is best known as an American football player. ... Alexander George Karras, born July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, is a former football player and actor who is best known for playing with the National Football Leagues Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 and 1964-1971. ...


Months after the 1967 NFL season had ended, Handler was vacationing in Florida when he suffered the first of two heart attacks and spent several weeks in a hospital for treatment. Upon his release, doctors decreed that he would not only have to give up his coaching duties, but also would be unable to attend Bears' games, as well. Handler followed those orders, but just moments after a dramatic 17-16 Bears win over the Rams in Los Angeles, he died of his third heart attack. Two days after his passing, more than 500 people attended the funeral, with the Bears cancelling a team practice to attend. The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ...

Preceded by:
Jimmy Conzelman
Chicago Cardinals Head Coaches
19431945
Succeeded by:
Jimmy Conzelman
Preceded by:
Jimmy Conzelman
Chicago Cardinals Head Coaches
1949
Succeeded by:
Buddy Parker
Preceded by:
Curly Lambeau
Chicago Cardinals Head Coaches
1951
Succeeded by:
Joe Kuharich

 
 

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