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Tom Bettis

Tom Bettis
Bettis on a 1955 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1933-03-17)March 17, 1933
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Date of death February 28, 2015(2015-02-28) (aged 81)
Place of death Katy, Texas
Career information
Position(s) LB
College Purdue
NFL draft 1955 / Round: 1 / Pick 5
Career history
As player
1955-1961 Green Bay Packers
1962 Pittsburgh Steelers
1963 Chicago Bears
Career stats
  • Playing stats at

Thomas William "Tom" Bettis (March 17, 1933 – February 28, 2015) was an All-American football linebacker, NFL player, and NFL coach. After starring at Purdue, Bettis was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 1955 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons for the Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Chicago Bears. After his playing career, Tom went on to coach in the NFL for 30 years, including for the 1969-70 Super Bowl IV Champions and the 1966-67 AFL Champions, Kansas City Chiefs. Bettis served as interim coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1977 after the firing of Paul Wiggin. In seven games as Head Coach, Bettis complied a 1-6 record ending a 12-year stint as a coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned in 1988 to be the defensive backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom was inducted into both the Purdue University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Bettis died on February 28, 2015.[2]

See also


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  2. ^ Former Packers No. 1 pick Tom Bettis passes away at 81
Preceded by
Vince Costello
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Rod Rust
Preceded by
Ray Willsey
St. Louis Cardinals Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Floyd Peters
Preceded by
Dave Adolph
Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dave Adolph
Preceded by
Dave Brazil
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs Coach
Succeeded by
Tony Dungy

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