Head Coaches That Won Both College Titles and NFL Championships (or Super Bowls)
Before looking at today’s short list, you should be able to get one of the four right off the bat…he’s still coaching in the NFL today…
He is currently, in fact, the coach of the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Pete Carroll won Super Bowl XLVIII last season helming the Seattle Seahawks. He also won two college football national titles with the USC Trojans – sharing with LSU in 2003 and winning alone in 2004 (a title that was later vacated).
Two of the other three pro-am champion coaches won fairly recently, especially compared to the third, an old-timer who lent his own name to a team still playing today.
Finally, there’s Paul Brown, who coached Ohio State to the AP national title in 1942 and then went on to win seven football championships coaching the Cleveland Browns (four in the AAFC and three more after the Browns joined the NFL).
Brown was the first coach of the Browns, and in fact the team is named after him. After coaching Cleveland for 17 years and a hiatus from the game for another six, in 1968 Brown became a founding investor in a new AFL team in Cincinnati that he dubbed the Bengals (and he was that team’s first head coach, as well). This guy got around Ohio.
But that is not even where Brown’s enormous influence on the game of football ends. In fact, it’s just where it begins and it extends way beyond one state. His impact was felt by every team then and today and his innovations are still thriving.
Learn more about Paul Brown at the Pro Football Hall of Fame site which declares that Brown, “more than any other person, is responsible for making pro football coaching the exact science it is today.”Follow @VinGetz
|COACH||SCHOOL||TITLE SEASON(S)||PRO TEAM||TITLE SEASON(S)|
|Paul Brown||Ohio State Buckeyes||1942||Cleveland Browns||AAFC: 1946-1949, NFL: 1950, 1954, 1955|
|Barry Switzer||Oklahoma Sooners||1974, 1975, 1985||Dallas Cowboys||1995|
|Jimmy Johnson||Miami Hurricanes||1987||Dallas Cowboys||1992, 1993|
|Pete Carroll||USC Trojans||2003 (T), 2004 (V)||Seattle Seahawks||2013|
Photos: Massillon Museum via cleveland.com / allposters.com / bleacherreport.com / nflalumni.org / switzerfamilyvineyards.com / zombiesinjamaica.worpress.com / lostlettermen.com / AP via ninerfans.com
Pictured top to bottom: Paul Brown, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer and Pete Carroll
Posted on December 7, 2014, in NCAA Football, NFL Football and tagged barry switzer, championships, Coaches, college football, head coaches, jimmy johnson, List, ncaa football, nfl, paul brown, pete carroll, pro football, super bowls, titles, won both. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.