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Frank "Pop" Ivy (January 25, 1916 - May 17, 2003) was a football player and coach who holds the unique distinction of being the only person ever to serve as a head coach in the National Football League, the American Football League and the Canadian Football League. January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 - The Royal Army Medical Corps first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) 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. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... AFL logo The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ...


A native of Skiatook, Oklahoma, Ivy was part Native American and earned his nickname because of premature baldness during his playing days. In three years of college football at the University of Oklahoma beginning in 1937, Ivy played on both sides of the ball, earning All-American honors as an outstanding wide receiver, as well as a strong pass rusher on defense. Despite his constant time on the field, Ivy never missed a game with the Sooners because of injury, and showed his clutch ability in a 1939 game against the arch-rival Texas Longhorns. Catching a deflected pass late in the contest, Ivy scored the go-ahead touchdown. Skiatook (Skī•ǎ•tōōk or Skī•ǎ•tǒǒk versus Skī•tōōk or Skī•tǒǒk) is a town located in northeast Oklahoma. ... An Atsina named Assiniboin Boy Native Americans in the United States (also known as Indians, American Indians, First Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Peoples, Aboriginal Americans, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Original Americans) are the indigenous peoples within the territory that is now encompassed by the continental United States and their descendants in... The University of Oklahoma, often called OU or Oklahoma is an institution of higher learning located in Oklahoma. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... All-American, a Broadway musical with book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, opened in New York on March 19, 1962, and played 80 performances. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Austin (full official name), often UT or Texas for short, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System, the largest public university system in Texas, established in 1883. ...


Ivy was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1940 NFL draft, but was traded to the Chicago Cardinals on October 17. He would continue to see action on both sides of the ball throughout the rest of his NFL career, and in 1942, he had his best season with 27 receptions, second behind the legendary Don Hutson. His time on the gridiron was interrupted for more than two years by his service in World War II, but he helped closed out his career in 1947 with the franchise's only NFL title. Ivy was on the sidelines for the NFL Championship, having separated his shoulder just weeks earlier. City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot {{{mascot}}} Local radio Flagship stations: WDVE (102. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... 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. ... 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... October 17 is the 290th (in leap years the 291st) day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Donald Montgomery Hutson (b. ... Combatants Allies: • Poland, • UK & Commonwealth, • France/Free France, • Soviet Union, • USA, • China, ...and others Axis: • Germany, • Italy, • Japan, ...and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total: 50 million Full list Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total: 12 million Full list World War II... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


In 1948, Ivy entered the coaching ranks when he was hired as an assistant to Bud Wilkinson at his alma mater, spending six seasons with the Sooners. During this time, the team popularized the Split-T formation, helping the 1950 squad capture the national championship. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Charles Burnham Bud Wilkinson (April 23, 1916 – February 9, 1994) was an American football player, coach and broadcaster. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Ivy headed north on March 10, 1954 to become head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. Over the next four years, Ivy compiled a record of 50-14, starting off his tenure with three consecutive Grey Cup championships. His most daring move came prior to the 1956 title game, when he moved quarterback Jackie Parker to running back and inserted Canadian Don Getty. The result was a 50-27 victory over the Montreal Alouettes. March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (70th in Leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Edmonton Eskimos are a Canadian Football League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ... Then Prime Minister Joe Clark presents the 1979 Grey Cup to victorious Edmonton Eskimos Danny Kepley and Tom Wilkinson. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jackie Parker (b. ... Donald Ross Getty (born August 30, 1933), Canadian politician, was Premier of Alberta and leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party between 1985 and 1992. ... The Montreal Alouettes (French, Alouettes de Montréal) are a Canadian Football League team based in Montreal, Quebec. ...


He also became known as an innovator in the CFL, taking advantage of the more wide-open game by using strategies such as the twin fullback system, the quick snap and the short kickoff. In addition, his formations also included what was known as the "lonesome quarterback", the precursor to today's shotgun formation.


Following a 14-2 season with the Eskimos in 1957, Ivy's old team, the Cardinals, induced him to accept the head coaching position on January 9, 1958. During his first two seasons in Chicago, Ivy struggled with a 4-19-1 mark, with one rumor in December 1958 having Ivy ready to return to Canada to coach the British Columbia Lions. Following the franchise's relocation to St. Louis after the 1959 NFL season, the team improved to 6-5-1 in 1960, but then fell to 5-7 before Ivy resigned on December 6, 1961. While he publicly stated that he had "not accomplished the desired results," Ivy's decision reportedly stemmed from a growing feud with team owner Walter Wolfner. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Team Facts The British Columbia Lions are a Canadian Football League team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... The 1959 NFL season was the 40th regular season of the National Football League. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Ivy was first sought by the AFL's Denver Broncos, but instead signed with the two-time AFL champion Houston Oilers on March 5, 1962, where he coached the next two seasons. The coaching change completed an odd "trade" of sorts: Oilers coach Wally Lemm resigned to become head coach of the Cardinals. City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames None Team colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Fight song None Mascot Miles Local radio Flagship stations: KOA (850 AM)-English and KBNO (1280 AM)-Spanish Announcers: David Diaz-Infante and Dave Logan... City Nashville, Tennessee Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Navy, Titans Blue, Red, and Silver Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Floyd Reese Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot T-Rac Local radio Flagship stations: WKDF (103. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Wally Lemm (October 23, 1919 - October 2, 1988) was a football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels and achieved his greatest prominence as head coach of the American Football Leagues Houston Oilers and the National Football Leagues St. ...


During Ivy's first year, the team again won the conference title with an 11-3 record, but dropped a classic 17-14 double overtime decision in the AFL Championship to the Dallas Texans. That success resulted in the CFL Alouettes team seeking his services, but on February 14, 1963, Ivy signed a two-year deal with the Oilers that gave him complete personnel authority. City Kansas City, Missouri Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Red, Gold, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner Lamar Hunt Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot K.C. Wolf Local radio Flagship stations: 101. ... February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


The team slipped to 6-8 that season,the team's first-ever losing season, but Ivy's job security appeared to be in good shape. He hired Sammy Baugh as an assistant the following May, but was shocked when he was fired on June 1 and replaced by Baugh. Team owner Bud Adams coldly noted at the time of Ivy's dimissal that, "An opinion has been built up among fans that Pop can't cut the mustard. This town just doesn't go for losers." Samuel Adrian Baugh (born March 17, 1914) is an American football player born in Temple, Texas. ... Look up May in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... K. S. Bud Adams, Jr. ...


Ivy soon found work as a scout for the New York Giants, then was hired as an assistant coach with the team on February 3, 1965. After two seasons, the last a disastrous 1-12-1 campaign, Ivy was fired and returned to scouting for the team, but returned in 1971 for three more seasons. Following the firing of head coach Alex Webster, Ivy again returned to scouting, where he spent the next decade before announcing his retirement in 1984. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue, G-Men Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner Wellington Mara and Preston Robert Tisch (both now deceased) General manager Ernie Accorsi Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot {{{mascot}}} Local radio Flagship stations: WFAN (660 AM) Announcers... February 3 is the 34th 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). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Preceded by:
Ray Richards
Chicago Cardinals/St. Louis Cardinals Head Coaches
19581961
Succeeded by:
Wally Lemm
Preceded by:
Wally Lemm
Houston Oilers Head Coaches
19621963
Succeeded by:
Sammy Baugh

 
 

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