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Charlie Sumner

Charlie Sumner
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-10-19) October 19, 1930 (age 83)
Place of birth Radford, VA
Career information
Position(s) Safety
College William and Mary
NFL Draft 1954 / Round 22 / Pick 258
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings

Charles "Charlie" Sumner (born October 19, 1930) is a former American football player who was selected by the Chicago Bears in the twenty second round of the 1954 NFL Draft. A 6'1", 194 lbs. safety from the College of William & Mary, Sumner played in 8 NFL seasons from 1955-1962. He later was an assistant coach in the NFL for many years, including three stints with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He was born in Radford, Virginia.

Sumner's only head coaching stint was with the USFL's Oakland Invaders in 1985. That year, he led the Invaders to the USFL Championship game - a club that featured future NFL stars Anthony Carter, Bobby Hebert, Ray Bentley and Gary Plummer. The 1985 USFL Championship game was the last game the league would ever play. The Invaders lost to the Baltimore Stars, 28-24 at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands.

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