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George Allen
Birth: Apr. 29, 1918
Nelson County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1990
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Football Coach. Born to Loretta M. and Earl Raymond Allen. He earned varsity letters in football, track and basketball at Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. George went to Alma College and later at Marquette University, where he was sent as an officer trainee in the U. S. Navy's World War II V-12 program. He graduated with a B.S. in education from Eastern Michigan University. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned his M.S. in Physical Education in 1947. George joined the Los Angeles Rams staff in 1957, coaching under fellow Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman. He was dismissed after one season, and after several months residing in Los Angeles out of football, he was brought to Chicago during the 1958 season by George Halas, founding owner and head coach of the Chicago Bears. By 1963, in his first full season as coordinator, George's innovative defensive strategies helped the Bears yield a league-low 144 total points, 62 fewer than any other team, and earn an 11-1-2 record that sent them to the 1963 NFL Championship. Following their 14-10 victory over the New York Giants on December 29 at frigid Wrigley Field, the Bears' players awarded George the honor of the "game ball." George received 1967 Coach of the Year honors for leading the Rams to an 11-1-2 record and the NFL Coastal Division title, their first post-season berth since 1955. George and the 1969 Rams seemed to justify the coach's renewed presence; the Rams' 11-3 mark earned them a Coastal Division title as Gabriel won the NFL's Most Valuable Player award. But in both 1969 and 1970 George's team could not produce the championship that many had predicted for them. At the end of 1970, with the Rams missing the playoffs and George's contract expiring, Reeves dismissed the coach. It had been tacitly assumed that George had been granted the two extra years to bring the Rams a title, and so the second time the firing met with neither fan outrage nor player objection. George was much sought after as soon as he parted ways with the Rams, and he agreed to terms with Redskins majority owner Edward Bennett Williams. Replacing interim coach Bill Austin, who had succeeded Vince Lombardi after his death in 1970. In 12 NFL seasons, he made 131 trades, 81 of them during his tenure with Washington and coached the Redskins to 1972 Super Bowl. After rejecting a $1 million, four-year contract offer throughout the 1977 season, he was dismissed by the Redskins after the 1977 season. George was replaced by one of his favorite players, Jack Pardee, by then the promising young head coach of the Bears. In February 1978 Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom was searching for a new coach after parting ways with Chuck Knox. George returned to Los Angeles with much media fanfare. Rosenbloom decided that for the season to be salvaged a change must be made, and the announcement of George's abrupt dismissal was made on August 13. He soon joined CBS Sports as an analyst for NFL network telecasts, and worked in the broadcast booth from 1977 to 1983. George was named coach of the year in 1967 and 1971 and inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2002. In all his years as a head coach, he never had a losing season. He died at the age of 72 in Palos Verdes Estates, California. (bio by: Shock) 
 
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  Henrietta Lumbroso Allen (1923 - 2013)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Monica
Record added: Oct 09, 2002
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