Dick LeBeau has been an assistant coach in the NFL for more than 30 years. He is credited with being one of the soundest defensive minds in the NFL today and has left his mark on the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ defense off and on over the last decade or more. Many people aren’t aware that LeBeau was also one heck of a player too. Here are some little known facts about former player and current coach Dick LeBeau.
-Played on the 1957 Ohio State National Championship football team as both a cornerback and a halfback.
-After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1959, he would be cut by the team before the season started. He would sign with the Lions and remain with them for fourteen straight seasons.
-Dick LeBeau to this day holds the NFL record for most consecutive game appearances as a cornerback with 171.
-Dick LeBeau retired as a player in 1972 and started his coaching career the very next year in 1973.
-Having begun his playing career in 1959 and moving directly into coaching following his retirement as a player in 1972, through the 2009 NFL season Dick LeBeau has amassed fifty straight years of employment in the NFL as both a player and coach.
-Through 2009, Dick LeBeau has spent time on the coaching staffs of five different NFL teams (Eagles, Packers, Bengals, Steelers, and Bills).
-Dick LeBeau is generally credited with inventing the Zone Blitz defense.
-In 1962, Dick LeBeau returned both an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He would only score four touchdowns in his entire career, half of them in that season.
-In 1960, his first full season with the Lions, Dick LeBeau would actually return two kickoffs for the team for a total of 16 yards.
-Dick LeBeau was born on September 9th, 1937. Other notable NFL players born on September 9th include Ron McDole, Joe Theismann, Johnny Robinson, Greg Coleman, Derek Kennard, Mark Arneson, Willie Broughton, and Tim Manoa.
Find out more about this longtime coach and former player in out IQFB profile of Dick LeBeau.