College Football Legend Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger Dead at Age 87

guided Miami to a college football national championship in 1983

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(Bleacher Report) – Howard Schnellenberger, who guided Miami to a college football national championship in 1983, has died at the age of 87.

Florida Atlantic University, where Schnellenberger made his final coaching stop from 2001 through 2011, announced the news Saturday, per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

The Indiana native also served as head coach of the NFL’s Baltimore Colts as well as Oklahoma and Louisville at the collegiate level during a career that spanned seven decades.

Schnellenberger was a standout tight end at Kentucky in the mid-1950s, and he returned to the Wildcats program as an assistant in 1959 to begin his coaching career.

He worked his way up the ranks, spending time under legendary coaches like Bear Bryant at Alabama, the Los Angeles Rams’ George Allen and the Miami Dolphins’ Don Shula, which helped pave the way for his own success leading staffs.

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