FACTOID # 4: Just 1% of the houses in Nevada were built before 1939.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Wayne Fontes

Wayne Fontes (born February 2, 1940) is a former American football coach and college and professional football player who was the head coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions from 1988 to 1996. His 67 wins and 71 losses are each the most for a head coach in team history. is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...

Contents

Background and early career

Fontes was born in the fishing community of New Bedford, Massachusetts and his parents were from Portugal.[1] He grew up in Canton, Ohio where he played football at McKinley High School. He attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1962. After not being taken in the NFL Draft, Fontes played one year for the New York Titans (now the New York Jets) of the American Football League. Fontes played nine games for the Titans in the 1962 season as a defensive back, recording four interceptions. He returned one interception 83 yards for a touchdown, a franchise record that would stand for 27 years. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Bristol County Settled 1640 Incorporated 1787 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Scott W. Lang (Dem)  - City Council President/Ward 6: Leo R. Pimental. ... Canton is a city in Stark County, Ohio, United States. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) 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. ... The New York Jets are a National Football League team that plays its home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but is based on Long Island. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage. ... In Canadian or American football, an interception occurs when a quarterbacks pass is caught by a player on the opposing team. ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, or an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both...


After playing one season for the Titans, he injured his achilles tendon, he returned to MSU to obtain a Masters degree.He became an assistant coach at MSU in 1963. He than coached high school football and basketball at bay city michigan visitation HS for two years losing only two games in his first year [1964 ] and his team was undefeated in his second year[1965 ] winning their league championship . He later left for the University of Dayton to serve under head coach George Perles. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, Southern California, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His time in Tampa Bay was a result of following John McKay to the job from USC. Fontes was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions in 1985. A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... The University of Dayton is a private Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary located in Dayton, Ohio. ... George J. Perles was the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans football program 1983 to 1994. ... The University of Iowa, also commonly called Iowa or U of I, is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the banks of the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan in June 2006. ... 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... There are several different notable people named John McKay: John McKay (UK politician) (1885–1964), British Labour Party MP for Wallsend 1945–1964. ... A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at other levels of American football) who is in charge of the defense. ...


Head coach

After 13 seasons as an assistant in the NFL, Fontes took over the Lions as interim head coach in mid-season of 1988 after head coach Darryl Rogers was fired. Fontes then campaigned to have the interim tag removed; despite a lackluster 2-3 finish, team owner William Clay Ford signed Fontes to a long term deal at the end of the season.[2] Fontes hired Mouse Davis and June Jones as assistants and installed the Run & Shoot offense.[3] The Lions improved from 4-12 to 7-9 in Fontes' first full season as head coach. Darryl Rogers was an American football coach. ... William Clay Ford is the youngest of the four grandchildren of Henry Ford and child of Edsel Ford. ... Darrel Mouse Davis (born September 6, 1932 in Palouse, WA) is an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii under June Jones. ... June Sheldon Jones, III (born February 19, 1953, Portland, Oregon) is an American football coach, formerly with the Atlanta Falcons and currently with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Warriors. ... The Run & Shoot is a type of offense in American Football. ...


Fontes' career highlight was when he led the Lions to a 12-4 record and the NFC Championship game in 1991. The Lions were defeated by the Washington Redskins who would go on to win Super Bowl XXVI. NFC Championship Game is an American football game played every year to determine the champion of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Date January 26, 1992 Stadium Metrodome City Minneapolis, Minnesota MVP Mark Rypien, Quarterback Favorite Redskins by 7 National anthem Harry Connick, Jr. ...


Fontes later abandoned the Run & Shoot offense. He enjoyed several more winning seasons, but the Lions' disappointing 5-11 record in 1996 combined with Fontes' 1-4 lifetime record in the NFL playoffs finally led Ford to fire Fontes on December 26, 1996. Fontes took his firing graciously, calling Ford "the best owner in the National Football League." However, he subsequently sued the Lions for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered injuries while coaching that prevented him from ever being able to coach again. The lawsuit was called "frivolous" by sportswriter Peter King[4] and was thrown out of court without prejudice.[citation needed] is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Sportswriting is a form of journalism who writes and reports on sports topics and events. ... Peter King Peter King (b. ...


Legacy

Wayne Fontes & William Clay Ford
Wayne Fontes & William Clay Ford

Fontes' ability to survive rumors of being fired earned him nicknames like "Big Buck" (stemming from a comparison he made between his job security and a hunted buck deer)[5] and "Rasputin" (coined by Chris Berman due to Fontes' apparent ability to "miraculously" coax a winning streak out of his team every time he was about to be fired). Berman also referred to him as the "Nanook of the North" because of Fontes' desire to bundle up so handily from the winter cold. He was also the brunt of many media jokes. Jokes like "Mr. Fontes is an expert in primary colors and beige" reflect the lack of disrespect that haunted his tenure. Fontes was regarded as very personable, often joking with the media about his precarious job situation. He drew the line for this comedy though after the Detroit Free Press ridiculed him for sporting Mickey Mouse ears at a Disney Charity. The Free Press ran a tongue-in-cheek multiple choice quiz as to why he was wearing them the following day. The offbeat answers ranged from "Wearing his thinking cap" to "President of the Mouse Davis fan club". An irate Fontes slammed the media for making such a personal attack against him in such bad taste. He said, "It ain't funny....if you don't like me, tell me. That's bull. Didn't like it at all. I did something for charity and for kids, and I'll keep doing things for charity and for kids." This strong sense of compassion and conviction for a sense beyond himself is probably what endeared players to him. All joking aside, the players responded to Fontes and always came to his defense when the coach fell into the "firing line". He is the epitome of a "players coach" and his style would probably be much more accepted in today's NFL. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Fawn and Stag redirect here. ... Grigori Rasputin Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Russian: ) (22 January [O.S. 10 January] 1869 – 29 December [O.S. 16 December] 1916) was a Russian mystic with an influence in the later days of Russias Romanov dynasty. ... Christopher (Boomer) James Berman (born May 10, 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut) is a sportscaster, who anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight, U.S. Open golf, and other programming on ESPN. He joined ESPN a month after its founding and has been with the network since. ... Nanook of the North is a silent documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty, released in 1922. ... Darrel Mouse Davis (born September 6, 1932 in Palouse, WA) is an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii under June Jones. ...



Fontes popularity was waning in the later years of his career with the Lions. Many local media outlets and fans were openly critical of Fontes, forgetting that he was arguably the most successful coach in Lions' history behind Buddy Parker (1951-1956). The desolate years of winning prior to Fontes seemed to be an afterthought. Many felt the Lions were underachieving and a change in leadership to a firm disciplinarian such as Bobby Ross would produce better results. The move backfired as Ross was never able to earn the respect of superstar running back Barry Sanders. It's widely speculated that the hiring of Ross accelerated the retirement of Sanders, who was very close with Fontes. Oddly enough, fans now appreciate Fontes more as the Lions have returned to their desolate ways of winning. The Lions were always fun and exciting under Fontes, where it was extremely difficult to beat them at home or after the media blasted him for underachieving. The triple whammy was playing them at home, on Monday Night Football, after Fontes had been blasted. The opponent certainly didn't want to be an elite team either as Fontes' Lions had a knack for playing tough and winning against stiff competition. What ultimately led to his demise is the opposite side of this though, where they also had a knack for losing to less talented teams. The outlets and fans concluded that this inconsistency was a sign of poor discipline and leadership. Fontes was somewhat redeemed when Ross proved even less successful after installing this "discipline and leadership". Ross was swept out after four seasons with a 27-32 record and an 0-2 playoff record, leaving many to speculate that maybe firing Fontes wasn't the best move after all. As of 2007, Fontes is the last Lions coach to lead them into an NFC championship game. He led them to the playoffs in four out of eight seasons while he was head coach. He left the Lions compiling the most wins in franchise history (67), most playoff appearances (5), most loses (71), and is 9th (out of 23 coaches) in total win percentage. Fontes also earned the Associated Press 1991 Coach of the Year Award. Had Fontes added a Super Bowl to his resume then the media and fans probably would have witnessesed the greatest coach in Lions history. That title, for now, will remain with Buddy Parker. He's probably the most popular coach to lead the franchise too. Fontes, as time is proving, will always be remembered as a colorful character who never got the respect that he deserved during his tenure. Without doubt, his very unique personality, character, sense of humor, and affection for players made him good for the NFL. 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. ... Barry David Sanders (born July 16, 1968) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back from the NFL who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...



Some rumors indicate that Fontes drafted future superstar Barry Sanders in 1989 against the wishes of other members of the Lions staff, and accounts from some contemporaries do indicate that Fontes was definitely focused on acquiring Sanders.[6][7] Greenbay was showing a very strong interest in Tony Mandarich but expressed interests like this can often be ploys on draft day. The Lions were probably a bit surprised to find themselves in the position to choose between Barry Sanders and Deion Sanders with the third pick in the 1989 draft. Their decision may have been made easier by Deion Sanders' adamant statement that, "Detroit would have to put in him 'lay-a-way' if they drafted him because he wasn't going to play for them". It was Fontes who ultimately pulled the plug and drafted perhaps the greatest runner in the history of the NFL. Sanders made a point to thank Fontes for his guidance in his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech.[8] The mutual admiration and respect between Fontes and Sanders was very strong and transcended beyond the football field. In the mid-1990s, as the Lions hit a slump and anti-Fontes sentiment grew among Lions team members, Sanders remained a staunch supporter of the coach. Of the coach, Sanders said: "He proves that a coach can show affection and appreciation and still win." Sanders, to this day, credits Fontes for making him a superstar runningback. Barry David Sanders (born July 16, 1968) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back from the NFL who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...

The Nanook of the North

He still supports local Detroit charities on occassion with his former players although those opportunites have been fewer as of late. After serving briefly as a color commentator on the English-language broadcasts of NFL Europe games, Fontes retired to his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida. He's frequently been spotted at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, still following his love of football. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The NFL Europe League is an American football league which operates in Europe. ... Location map of Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County, Florida Tarpon Springs is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...


References

  1. ^ [1]Distinguished Americans & Canadians of Portuguese Descent
  2. ^ Associated Press wire report, December 23, 1988. [2]
  3. ^ Fall, Steve. "Whatever happened to the run-and-shoot?". Football Digest, October 2005. [3]
  4. ^ King, Peter. "Can't trade picks, can't get Holmgren". CNNSI.com, September 14, 1998. [4]
  5. ^ Glauber, Bob. " The pain in Wayne is mainly on the wane". The Sporting News, July 15, 1996. [5]
  6. ^ Vainisi, Jerry. "Barry Sanders retire? No Payton record? Not a chance". Pro Football Weekly, July 12, 1999. [6]
  7. ^ Brandt, Gil. "Hall recall: Barry Sanders". NFL.com, July 22, 2004. [7]
  8. ^ "Barry Sanders's Enshrinement Speech Transcript". Pro Football Hall of Fame website, August 8, 2004. [8]

The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Football Digest is a sports magazine for fans interested in professional football, with in-depth coverage of the National Football League. ... CNN Sports Illustrated (or CNN/SI for short) was a 24-hour sports news channel. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... Pro Football Weekly (sometimes shortened to PFW) is a popular American sports magazine, founded in 1967, that covers the National Football League. ... Locations of teams in the NFL States with AFC team (red), NFC team (blue) The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

See also

Other American Football League players, coaches, and contributors The following is a list of players that played for the 1960-1969 American Football League. ...

Preceded by
Darryl Rogers
Detroit Lions Head Coach
1989–1996
Succeeded by
Bobby Ross

  Results from FactBites:
 
Wayne Fontes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (720 words)
Wayne Fontes (born February 17, 1939) is a former American football coach who was the head coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions from 1988 to 1996.
Fontes was born in the fishing community of New Bedford, Massachusetts and his parents were from Portugal.
Fontes was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions in 1985.
Wayne Fontes at AllExperts (628 words)
Wayne Fontes (born February 17, 1939) in is a former American football coach who was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 1988 to 1996.
Fontes was coined the "Bill Clinton of the NFL" due to his seeming invincibility despite prolonged and relentless criticism from the media and fans.
Fontes took over the Lions as interim head coach in mid-season of 1988 after head coach Darryl Rogers was fired.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m