Jack Christiansen

American football player and coach (1928–1986) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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John LeRoy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 – June 29, 1986) was an American professional football player who became a college and pro coach. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions as a safety and return specialist from 1951 to 1958. He helped lead the Lions to three NFL championships in 1952, 1953, and 1957 and was a first-team All-NFL player in six of his eight years in the league. He led the NFL in interceptions in 1953 and 1957 and in punt returns for touchdown in 1951, 1952, 1954, and 1956. His eight career punt returns for touchdowns was an NFL record until 1989 and remains the fourth best in league history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.[1]

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Jack Christiansen
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Christiansen c. 1952
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Return specialist
Personal information
Born:(1928-12-20)December 20, 1928
Sublette, Kansas, U.S.
Died:June 29, 1986(1986-06-29) (aged 57)
Stanford, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College:Colorado A&M
NFL Draft:1951 / Round: 6 / Pick: 69
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interception yards:717
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

After retiring as a player, Christiansen served as a football coach for 25 years from 1959 to 1983, including stints as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, compiling a 26–38–3 record from 1963 to 1967,[2] and at Stanford, where he compiled a 30–22–3 record from 1972 to 1976.[3] He concluded his career as an assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (1977), Seattle Seahawks (1978–1982), and Atlanta Falcons (1983).

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