Here is part three in our series about assistant coaches during the 2010 NFL season who might be more famous from their playing days in the league.
Eric Bieniemy – Minnesota Vikings
Eric Bieniemy came out of the university of Colorado as a running back that many people had high hopes for. He had a productive NFL career and after he was done he would eventually find his way into coaching. He currently holds the position of Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs with the Minnesota Vikings.
Emmitt Thomas – Kansas City Chiefs
Emmitt Thomas played from 1966 to 1978 for the Kansas City Chiefs in a career that would eventually see him go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He would be an assistant coach for a number of teams, including the Cardinals, Redskins, Eagles, Packers, Vikings, and Falcons, including a brief run as the Interim Head Coach for the Falcons, before coming to his current position as Defensive Backs Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tim Spencer – Chicago Bears
Tim Spencer had a great college career as a running back for Ohio State University and was drafted highly by the Chicago Blitz of the USFL. He also played for the Arizona Wranglers and Memphis Showboats in the USFL before joining his only NFL team, the San Diego Chargers for the final five seasons of his career. He is now the running backs coach for the Chicago Bears.
Al Harris – San Francisco 49ers
During his playing days, Al Harris was an exceptional defensive lineman who knew how to get to the quarterback. He spent most of his career with the Bears, though he also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now the Pass Rush Specialist Coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
Bruce Matthews – Houston Texans
Bruce Matthews comes from a well known football family and had an incredible career as an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers and went with the team when they moved to Tennessee too. Today he is an Offensive Assistant on the staff of the Houston Texans.
Andy Heck – Jacksonville Jaguars
Andy Heck was a very good offensive lineman in the National Football League. He played well for a number of teams, including the Seattle Seahawks who drafted him in 1989. Right now, he is the offensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Wade Wilson – Dallas Cowboys
Wade Wilson had a long career in the NFL that saw him see a good chunk of playing time, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings. He even made a Pro Bowl appearance while in the league. Now, Wade Wilson spends his time as the quarterbacks coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Ken Norton Jr. – Seattle Seahawks
Growing up as the son of Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Ken Norton meant that his name would always be recognizable, but Ken Norton Jr. would find his own fame as a great linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. Now, he is the linebackers coach with the Seattle Seahawks.
Joe Lombardi – New Orleans Saints
Joe Lombardi has a familiar name, and is actually the grandson of NFL legend Vince Lombardi. He has been an assistant coach at a number of places including in college football, and both the NFL and XFL. He is now the quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Kevin Ross – Oakland Raiders
Kevin Ross starred for a number of years for the Kansas City Chiefs as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. He also played with the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons before retiring and getting into coaching. He is right now the Defensive Backs Coach of the Oakland Raiders.
Wilbert Montgomery – Baltimore Ravens
Wilbert Montgomery was a great running back for the Philadelphia Eagles in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was very popular with fans and very productive on the field. He is now the Running Backs Coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
Alex Van Pelt – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Alex Van Pelt was a longtime backup quarterback with the Buffalo Bills. He spent his entire nine year NFL career with the team, getting 11 starts over that time. When the quarterbacks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need help from their position coach, they go to Alex Van Pelt in his role as the team’s quarterback coach.