Former Steelers DC Widenhofer dies at 77

26 Mars, 2020, 07:20 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Former Lions defensive coordinator Woody Widenhofer has passed away

Woody Widenhofer, a former Detroit Lions defensive coordinator who was on staff for the franchise's best regular season ever, died on Sunday. Warren Powers was sacked after going 3-7-1 in the 1984 season at Missouri, the program's first losing season in seven years, and Widenhofer was brought back to Columbia to be the head coach of the Tigers.

It's been a tough past year for former Steelers assistant coaches and deaths.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Woody Widenhofer", Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Widenhofer was part of four Super Bowl championships during his time with the Steelers. He gained his coaching fame as the linebackers coach and then coordinator for the Steel Curtain defenses in Pittsburgh in the 1970s and early 1980s, then followed that with a successful stint as Missouri's head coach.

"A local native of Butler, Pa., Woody will be missed by those who knew him and played under him". He coached the team's linebackers from 1973-78, and his position group included Hall of Famers Jack Lambert and Jack Ham.

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Widenhofer retired from coaching in 2007 after three years as the defensive coordinator at New Mexico State.

He was the head coach of the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League in 1984. The Outlaws were 6-12 that season. Bob Stull replaced Widenhofer as head coach of the Tigers for the 1989 season.

Widenhofer also spent six years as defensive coordinator of the Lions under Wayne Fontes and two years as a linebackers coach with the Browns under Bill Belichick.

In 1995, he returned to the college game as the defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt.

Woody Widenhofer compiled a 15-40 overall record and 4-36 mark in SEC play as the head coach Vanderbilt from 1997 until 2001.

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