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Bill Austin

  • Birth 18 Oct 1928 San Pedro, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 30 May 2013 Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 111488728

Professional Football Player, Coach. For seven seasons (1949 to 1950 and 1953 to 1957), he played at the offensive guard and offensive tackle position in the National Football League with the New York Giants. Born William Lee Austin, he was raised in Oregon where he attended Woodburn High School and later played collegiate football at Oregon State University. While with the Beavers, he earned All-Coast honors in 1948. Selected by the Giants during the 13th-round of the 1949 NFL Draft, he appeared in 75 regular season games. His career was interrupted for two years (1951 and 1952), while he served with the United States Military during the Korean War. In 1954 he earned Pro-Bowl honors and two years later (1956), Austin experienced a world championship. He provided key blocking for quarterback Charlie Conerly and running back Frank Gifford as the Giants captured the NFL Championship in 1956. After retiring as a player in 1957, he embarked upon a lengthy coaching career beginning as head coach at Wichita State University in 1958. From 1959 to 1964, he served on Vince Lombardi's staff with the Green Bay Packers and during that period they won two NFL Titles (1961 and 1962). After one year with the Los Angeles Rams' coaching staff, he served three seasons as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (1966 to 1968) but was fired when they failed to produce a winning season. He served one year as head coach of the Washington Redskins (1970) and went onto have stints with the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals. He returned to the Giants as a member of their staff for four seasons (1979 to 1982) and moved onto the United States Football League with the New Jersey Generals (1983 to 1984) before returning to the NFL for one last year with the New York Jets (1985). He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Oregon Sports Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 30 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111488728
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bill Austin (18 Oct 1928–30 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111488728, ; Maintained by C.S. (contributor 46798780) Unknown.