Don McCafferty

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Don McCafferty
Head Coach , End
Jersey number (s):
born March 12, 1921 in Cleveland , Ohio
died on July 28, 1974 in Pontiac , Michigan
Career information
Active : 1943
NFL Draft : 1943 / Round: 13 / Pick: 116
College : Ohio State University

as a player

as a trainer

Career statistics
Games:     9
Touchdown :     1
Victory: Defeat as Head Coach:     28:17
Coaching stats at
Career highlights and awards

Donald William McCafferty (born March 12, 1921 in Cleveland , Ohio , United States , † July 28, 1974 in Pontiac , Michigan ) was an American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL).

Player career

McCafferty played as an offensive lineman at Ohio State University . In 1941 and 1942 he was recognized by his college for his athletic achievements. In 1942, he played in the college all-star game.

Don McCafferty was drafted 116th in the 13th round by the New York Giants in 1943 . He played in the by Steve Owen supervised team only one season as an end and pulled this year with the team in the NFL Championship Game , where one of the Chicago Bears defeated with 24:14.

Johnny Unitas

Coaching career

Don McCafferty was an assistant coach at Kent State University from 1948 to 1959 , before becoming offensive coordinator of Weeb Ewbank , then head coach of the Baltimore Colts , from 1959 to 1962 . With Johnny Unitas, the Colts quarterback was one of the best players to ever play in this position. In his first year, the Colts won the NFL championship game against the New York Giants with 31:16.

Don Shula

Ewbank was fired from the Colts in 1962 and replaced by Don Shula . McCafferty stayed with the Colts and became Shula's assistant. The change of coach did not initially bring any measurable success for the Colts. It was not until 1964 that the Baltimore team was able to move into the play-offs again, but in the final they were defeated by the Cleveland Browns 27-0 . In the 1965 season, the Colts were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the championship game with 13:10. Due to a knee injury, McCafferty could not resort to Unitas, which explained the meager result of 32 yards of space gained by passing plays in this game.

After unsuccessful years 1966 and 1967, the Colts only managed to get into the AFL-NFL Championship Game in the 1968 round, which was later renamed Super Bowl III . Earl Morrall had meanwhile ousted Unitas from the position of starting quarterback . The NFC Championship Game was won against the Browns 34-0. Opponents in the Super Bowl were the New York Jets, now trained by Ewbank . Their quarterback Joe Namath had publicly announced a victory for his team over the favored Colts before the game and then followed up with action. The Colts, who had returned to Unitas as quarterback, lost 16: 7.

Before the 1970 season, Shula joined the Miami Dolphins and was replaced by McCafferty. With a record of 11 wins from 14 games, he made it into the play-offs in his first year as head coach, where they defeated the Oakland Raiders 27:17 in the AFC Championship Game . In a close game, a 16:13 victory in Super Bowl V was achieved against the Dallas Cowboys trained by Tom Landry . Although the Colts were able to move into the play-offs in the following year 1971 and only lost in the AFC Championship Game to the Dolphins with 21-0, McCafferty was in the course of the 1972 season because of a losing streak and because he refused Unitas to the reserve bench banish dismissed by the general manager of his team.

In 1973 he signed a contract with the Detroit Lions. McCafferty suffered a heart attack in 1974 , from which he died. He is buried in Timonium , Maryland .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. College Awards from Don McCafferty ( Memento from January 28, 2013 in the web archive )
  2. ↑ Endgame statistics 1943
  3. Annual statistics of the Colts 1959
  4. ↑ Endgame statistics 1959
  5. ^ Annual statistics of the Colts 1964
  6. ↑ Endgame statistics 1964
  7. ^ Annual statistics of the Colts 1965
  8. ↑ Endgame statistics 1965
  9. ^ Annual statistics of the Colts 1968
  10. ↑ Endgame statistics 1968
  11. Super Bowl III statistics Super Bowl III
  12. ^ Annual statistics of the Colts 1970
  13. ↑ Endgame statistics 1970
  14. Super Bowl V Statistics Super Bowl V
  15. ^ Annual statistics of the Colts 1971
  16. ↑ Endgame statistics 1972
  17. McCafferty Tomb