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)

Mike Holmgren - USC QB, St. Louis Cardinals 8th Round Pick, New York Jets

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


Running Backs:

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)

Ken Whisenhunt - Georgia Tech TE, (Honorable Mention All-America, All ACC), Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, New York Jets

Mike McCarthy - Baker TE


Offensive Line:

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)


Defensive Line:

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 

Mike Smith- East Tennessee State LB, (2-Time Defensive MVP), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)

Lovie Smith- Tulsa LB/S, (All-American)


Defensive Backs:

Herm Edwards- San Diego State DB, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons

Jeff Fisher- USC DB, Chicago Bears 7th Round Pick

John Harbaugh- Miami DB

John Fox- San Diego State DB

Mike Nolan- Oregon S

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