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Sid Gillman (1911 - 2003)

College/NFL Coach, Football Hall of Fame

Born October 26, 1911, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sid Gillman played in his first college All-Star game in 1934. An innovative coach and dynamic administrator, Gillman is recognized as a leading authority on passing theories and tactics.

He was the first to win divisional titles in both NFL and AFL. The innovative and highly influential Gillman is the only coach in the college and pro football halls of fame. He won 123 pro games and led San Diego to an AFL championship as well as leading college teams at Miami-OH and Cincinnati to combined 81-19-2 record from 1944-54. He coached the LA Rams (1955-59) in NFL, then led LA-San Diego Chargers to 5 Western titles and 1 league championship in first six years of AFL.

  • Enshrined in Hall of Fame 1983
    (Ohio State)

    As Coach:
  • 1955-1959 Los Angeles Rams
  • 1960 Los Angeles Chargers
  • 1961-1969, 1971 San Diego Chargers
  • 1973-1974 Houston Oilers