Lou Rymkus is not a household name, but he accomplished something in professional football that no one else has. Rymkus played college football at Notre Dame and then came into the National Football League where he played both offensive and defensive tackle for the Redskins in 1943 and then the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1951 following his service in World War II. Rymkus was an important part of the Browns’ 1950 NFL Championship winning team and then he retired following the next season.
Lou Rymkus immediately went into coaching and over the next decade would hold positions in both college and the pros, including four years as offensive line coach with Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. When the American Football League started in 1960, he was considered for the position of head coach of the San Diego Chargers but after being passed over would accept the position of head coach of the Houston Oilers. In 1960, the first year in Oilers and AFL history, he would lead the team to a 10-4 record and a win in the AFL Championship Game. Rymkus would last just five games into the 1961 season before an unfriendly relationship between him and ownership would result in him being fired. Rymkus had a number of other assistant coaching jobs after that magical season in Houston, but never again got a shot to be the head coach of a major professional football team.
Lou Rymkus was head coach for one full season in his entire career and in that year he would lead his team to the league championship. A championship title in every year he was a head coach, even though it was only one season, is a mark that will probably never be duplicated by any other head coach in any league.
Won AFL Championships in only two seasons he coached as a head coach, did it for the Houston Oilers.