Nearly every NFL Head Coach spent time playing professional or collegiate football. However, in most cases, these playing careers occured dozens of years ago, have been long forgotten, but now they brought back into light through the All NFL Head Coaches Team.
These teams are constructed primarily from positions played during collegiate careers, however, NFL positions are mentioned in some cases.
Records listed typically apply to former records.
The thought of Belichick snapping the ball to Dungy and handing off to Jauron or Coughlin is simply priceless.
Tony Dungy- Minnesota QB, (Fourth Career in Offense for Big Ten, 2-Time Minnesota MVP, Career Leader in PA, C, TD, PYD), (Career NFL DB) *
Gary Kubiak - Texas QB, (Conference Record 6 TD in One Game), Denver Broncos 8th Round Pick (1,920 PYDS 14 TD)
Scott Linehan - Idaho QB, (7,000+ Passing Yards), Dallas Cowboys Rookie Free Agent
Sean Payton - Eastern Illinois QB, Chicago Bruisers (AFL), Chicago Bears 1987 Strike Replacement Player
Lane Kiffin - Fresno State QB
Mike Shanahan - Eastern Illinois QB
Jon Gruden - Dayton QB
Dick Jauron- Yale RB, (2,947 RYD), (NFL DB) *, (1973 Pro Bowl Punt Returner) *
Tom Coughlin- Syracuse RB, (Single Season Reception Record)
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends:
Mike Tomlin - William & Mary WR, (School Record 20 Touchdown Catches, First Team All-Yankee Conference)
Mike McCarthy - Baker TE
Andy Reid- BYU G/T
Tony Sparano - New Haven C
Bill Belichick- Wesleyan C/TE
Romeo Crennel- Western Kentucky OL, (Senior Year Only, Also DL)
Eric Mangini- Wesleyan NT, (School Record Sacks)
Romeo Crennel- Western Kentucky DL
Jack Del Rio- USC LB, (All-American, Rose Bowl MVP, Lombardi Runner-Up), 11-Year NFL Career (1994 Pro Bowl)
Marvin Lewis - Idaho State LB, (All Big Sky Conference)
Wade Phillips- Houston LB
Lovie Smith- Tulsa LB/S, (All-American)
Jeff Fisher- USC DB, Chicago Bears 7th Round Pick
John Harbaugh- Miami DB
John Fox- San Diego State DB
Mike Nolan- Oregon S