Don Strock

Don Strock (born November 27, 1950) is a former American football player and coach. He played professionally as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) with the Miami Dolphins (1973–1987), Cleveland Browns (1988), and Indianapolis Colts (1989). Strock served as the head football coach at Florida International University from 2002 to 2006, compiling a record of 15–41.

Don Strock
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Personal information
Born:November 27, 1950 (age 68)
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Bucktown (PA) Owen J. Roberts
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 5 / Pick: 111
Career history
As coach
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:5,349
Player stats at

Playing career


Strock played college football at Virginia Tech. In his senior season in 1972, Strock led the nation in total passing and total offense, yet finished only ninth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. He was voted third-team All-America. [1] The college game was then dominated by running backs; the 1972 Heisman went to wingback Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska.[2]

To date, Strock still holds many collegiate football passing records at his alma mater[3] and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.


Strock played in the National Football League as a quarterback. A 5th round selection (111th overall pick) of the 1973 NFL Draft, he spent the majority of his professional career with the Miami Dolphins (1973–1987), and was mostly known for his role as a back-up to Hall-of Famers Bob Griese in his first years with the team and Dan Marino as he finished his career with the club. He also played one season with the Cleveland Browns (1988) and part of a season on the roster of the Indianapolis Colts (1989) before retiring as a player.

Strock was a member of the "taxi squad" during the 1973 season when the Dolphins won their second straight Super Bowl following the undefeated 1972–73 season. He was also a member of the Dolphin teams who played and lost in the 1982 and 1984 Super Bowls.

Strock is well-remembered for coming off the bench on January 2, 1982, for the Miami Dolphins in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Diego Chargers at the Miami Orange Bowl. Strock led Miami from a 24–0 deficit to tie the score in the 3rd quarter. Ultimately, Miami lost the game to San Diego, 41–38, in overtime. The game is also remembered for the image of San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow being helped off the field by his teammates after the game while suffering from exhaustion. Strock finished the game with 29 of 43 completions for 403 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. The game later became known as The Epic in Miami and has entered NFL lore as one of the greatest games ever in NFL history.

Coaching career

Arena Football League, the World League and the NFL

Strock began his coaching career as the head coach of the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League for one season in 1993. The following season, he moved on to be the head coach of the Massachusetts Marauders and again only stayed for one season. He then moved on to be an assistant coach of the Rhein Fire in the World League during 1995 season. Between 1996–1998 seasons, he was the quarterbacks coach of the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL.

Florida International University

On September 13, 2000, Strock was named the first head football coach in FIU's history. He was named to the position just shy of two years before the university's inaugural football game. Prior to being named head coach he was the director of football operations, a job he had obtained the year before. His overall record through the 2006 football season was 15–41.

On November 15, 2006 Strock resigned as head coach of the FIU Golden Panthers. Of his 15 career victories, none came during the 2006 campaign and only three of them came against NCAA Division I-A opponents. His resignation came after an 0–9 start and a much-publicized brawl against the University of Miami Hurricanes caused 16 players from FIU to be suspended.[4] His resignation became effective following FIU's last game against Troy University on December 2, 2006.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
FIU Golden Panthers (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (2002–2004)
2002 FIU 5–6
2003 FIU 2–10
2004 FIU 3–7
FIU Golden Panthers (Sun Belt Conference) (2005–2006)
2005 FIU 5–6 3–4 T–2nd
2006 FIU 0–12 0–7 5th
FIU: 15–41 3–11
Total: 15–41

See also


  1. ^ "Tech All-Americans". Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. ^ - 1972 voting Archived November 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Football :: Lane Stadium Records". Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Florida International coach resigns". Associated Press. November 15, 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2006.

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1978 Miami Dolphins season

The 1978 Miami Dolphins season saw the team return to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1974, with an 11–5 record. Quarterback Bob Griese missed the first seven games due to a knee injury. The Dolphins got off to a 5-2 start behind back-up Don Strock. Upon Griese's return the Dolphins earned a birth to the playoffs as a Wild Card. Helping to lead the Dolphins back to the postseason was Running Back Delvin Williams who set a team record with 1,258 yards rushing on the season. In the first playoff game involving two Wild Cards the Dolphins were stunned 17-9 by the Houston Oilers at the Orange Bowl. In the process the Dolphins set two notable records: scoring first in all but one of their sixteen regular season games, and never trailing at any point in eleven games. The former record was equalled by the 2004 Patriots, and the latter was beaten by the 2005 Colts.

1981 Miami Dolphins season

The 1981 Miami Dolphins season was the 16th year of existence for the Miami Dolphins franchise. With the retirement of Bob Griese, not much was expected out of the Dolphins. The Dolphins Defense became known as the Killer Bees because of the number of players whose last name began with the letter B; Bill Barnett, Bob Baumhauer, Lyle Blackwood, Kim Bokamper, and Bob Brudzinski anchored a strong team. They finished 11-4-1, as Don Shula reached a milestone by winning his 200th game of his coaching career. In the Divisional Playoffs against the San Diego Chargers the Dolphins fell behind 24-0 early in front of a sold out crowd at the Orange Bowl. With time running out in the first Half the Dolphins desperately needed a score to get back in the game. Out of nowhere the Dolphins ran the old schoolyard hook and lateral play to success. On the play Quarterback Don Strock threw a pass over the middle to WR Duriel Harris who lateraled to WR Tony Nathan who ran the ball in for Touchdown. The play sparked the Dolphins who came back, and took a lead in the 4th Quarter. However, the Killer Bees could not contain Chargers QB Dan Fouts who tied the game, and forced overtime where the Chargers won the game on a Rolf Bernershka Field Goal in the 14th minute of overtime.

1983 Miami Dolphins season

The 1983 season was the 18th season in football for the Miami Dolphins and they sought to return to the Super Bowl after losing to the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVII. It was also a turning point in the team's history, as in the 1983 NFL Draft a young quarterback slipped to deep in the opening round, being passed over by such teams as division rivals New York who drafted Ken O'Brien and New England who drafted Tony Eason. With the 27th pick, the Dolphins decided to take a chance on Dan Marino. In the draft's eighth round the Dolphins also selected receiver Mark Clayton.

David Woodley started the team's first five games but despite wins over Buffalo, New England and Kansas City the offense didn't move to Don Shula's liking. So in Week Six, with the Dolphins hosting the Bills the rookie Marino started. Marino had completed two touchdown passes in relief of Woodley in a 27–14 loss to the Raiders and then replaced Woodley during a 17–7 loss to the Saints with a touchdown and an interception, so the game against Buffalo was the third game of his career but his first start. The game proved to be a wild affair as Robb Riddick of the Bills fumbled the opening kickoff at his own 17 but Marino was intercepted by Steve Freeman on the next play. The Bills clawed to a 14–7 halftime lead but the Dolphins behind Marino stayed toe to toe as Marino threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns while handing off to Mark Clayton on an option pass for a touchdown to Mark Duper. The Bills tied the game in the final seconds and two Uwe von Schamann field goal attempts missed before Joe Danelo ended the game in a 38–35 Bills win.

Despite the loss Marino's performance cemented his role as the team's starter, and the Dolphins raced to win nine of their last ten games. Marino finished with 2,210 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. With the division wrapped up following a 26–17 win over the Oilers at the Astrodome Marino sat for the final two games of the season as Don Strock quarterbacked the Dolphins to wins over the Falcons and New York Jets.

2002 FIU Golden Panthers football team

The 2002 FIU Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a NCAA Division I-AA independent school. The Panthers were led by head coach Don Strock in his first season and finished with a record of five wins and six losses (5–6).

2003 FIU Golden Panthers football team

The 2003 FIU Golden Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a NCAA Division I-AA independent school. The Panthers were led by head coach Don Strock in his second season and finished with a record of zero wins and ten losses (0–10). In 2008, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found major violations within the football program and as such vacated the Panthers' two wins from the 2003 season.

2004 FIU Golden Panthers football team

The 2004 FIU Golden Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2004 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Panthers were led by head coach Don Strock in his third season and finished with a record of zero wins and seven losses (0–7). In 2008, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found major violations within the football program and as such vacated the Panthers' three wins from the 2004 season.

2005 FIU Golden Panthers football team

The 2005 FIU Golden Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference (SBC). The Panthers were led by head coach Don Strock in his fourth season and finished with a record of zero wins and six losses (0–6). In 2008, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found major violations within the football program and as such vacated the Panthers' five wins from the 2005 season.

2006 FIU Golden Panthers football team

The 2006 FIU Golden Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They participated as members of the Sun Belt Conference. The Golden Panthers played their home games in FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida. The team was coached by Don Strock in his fifth and final season as head coach, before resigning at the end of the year. The resignation was precipitated by his team’s brawl with the University of Miami in the seventh week of the season.

2007 FIU Golden Panthers football team

The 2007 FIU Golden Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Golden Panthers were led by first-year head coach Mario Cristobal and played their home games at the Miami Orange Bowl while FIU Stadium, their normal home field, underwent expansion. Cristobal replaced FIU's first head coach, Don Strock, who resigned after an 0-12 2006 season marred by a brawl with the University of Miami.

Andy Hawkins (American football)

Anthony James Hawkins (March 31, 1958 – October 7, 2015) was a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 10th round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Hawkins had 5.3 career sacks, and is the only one in the history of the National Football League to accomplish. His one third of a sack came in 1982 while Hawkins was on the Buccaneers. On November 29, 1982, in a 23-17 win against the Miami Dolphins, Hawkins was one of two other players to sack quarterback Don Strock, and it was subsequently decided to award each of the three players involved in the sack was awarded one third of a sack.

Hawkins brother Mike also played in the NFL for the New England Patriots.

Andy died on October 7, 2015, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, in Houston, Texas.

FIU Panthers football

FIU Panthers football program represents Florida International University (FIU) in the sport of American football. The Panthers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Division of Conference USA (CUSA). The Panthers' head coach is Butch Davis. FIU has produced a Sun Belt Conference co-championship team in 2010, along with 3 postseason bowl appearances. The Panthers play their home games at Riccardo Silva Stadium which has a seating capacity of 23,500.

John Corker

John B. Corker (born December 29, 1958) is a former American football linebacker who played four seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Houston Oilers, and eight seasons in the Arena Football League. In 2002, Corker was elected into the Arena Football League Hall of Fame.Corker was named Big-8 Defensive Player of the Year in 1978 despite playing in only 7 games prior to tearing ligaments in his knee. He returned in 1979 and was 2nd team All Big-8 and All-American.

He also played with the Michigan Panthers and the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League. Corker graduated from South Miami High School in 1976 (South Miami, Florida,) where he played football and basketball.

Corker was named USFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 after recording 28.5 sacks in just 18 games while playing with the Michigan Panthers. Corker's efforts also led the Panthers to the USFL Championship that same season.

After the Panthers merged with the Oakland Invaders before the 1985 USFL season, Corker signed with the Memphis Showboats. One of his defensive mates was future NFL Hall of Famer, Reggie White. Corker finished his 3-year USFL career with 42 sacks in 54 games.

In 1994 Corker resurfaced with the Arena Football League's Miami Hooters playing 7 games for head coach Don Strock.

List of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks

The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Since joining the NFL in 1950, the Browns have had 57 different quarterbacks start in at least one game for the team. Pro Football Hall of Fame member Otto Graham, the team's first quarterback, led the Browns to three NFL championships in their first six seasons in the league. Since resuming operations in 1999 after a three-year vacancy, the franchise has been notable for its futility at the quarterback position. From 1999 through week 4 of the 2018 season, the team had 30 different players start at quarterback. Tim Couch, the Browns' first overall draft pick in 1999, is the only quarterback in that stretch to start all 16 games in a season for the team, having done so in 2001. The Browns have started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons.

List of FIU Panthers football seasons

The FIU Panthers is the football team that represents Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. The FIU Panthers are an NCAA FBS college football team in Conference USA led by Ron Turner and play at the on-campus FIU Stadium.

This is a list of their annual results.

List of Miami Dolphins starting quarterbacks

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They are members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Lawyer Joe Robbie and actor Danny Thomas were granted enfranchisement on August 15, 1965, committing their team as the ninth member of the American Football League (AFL).The Dolphins have had 32 different starting quarterbacks (QB) in their franchise history; only George Mira and Tyler Thigpen have started only one game for the Dolphins. The Dolphins' first starting quarterback was Dick Wood during the first inaugural season game in 1966, against the Oakland Raiders; Wood however was replaced a week later by rookie Rick Norton due to inconsistency. Notable Dolphin starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Bob Griese and Dan Marino, who together combined for 391 total starts and 239 wins all with the Dolphins. Other standouts include Earl Morrall, Don Strock, David Woodley, Jay Fiedler, Chad Pennington, and A. J. Feeley.

The Miami Dolphins entered the 2012 season with the franchise's 32nd different starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is the first rookie to ever start on opening day for the Dolphins.

Massachusetts Marauders

The Massachusetts Marauders were a professional arena football team that was based in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were a member of the Arena Football League (AFL) from 1988 to 1994. The team was established in Detroit in 1988, as the Detroit Drive and was a member of the AFL in 1988 and in all subsequent years through 1993. The club then moved to Worcester, Massachusetts in 1994 and played in that city through the end of the 1994 season.

The franchise has four AFL championships, all while it was based in Detroit. The first three occurred in back-to-back-to-back fashion from 1988 to 1990, and the final one occurred in 1992.

Mike Pagel

Mike John Pagel (born September 13, 1960) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft. A 6'2", 206 lb (93 kg) quarterback from Arizona State, Pagel played in 12 NFL seasons from 1982–1993.

Drafted the same year as Art Schlichter, Pagel was drafted to be groomed as a backup. Generally he out-played Schlichter. Pagel bounced in and out of the starting quarterback job for the Colts in his four seasons with the team, alternating with Schlichter, Matt Kofler, and Mark Herrmann. He was the last Colt to wear #18 before Peyton Manning. He was traded to Cleveland for the 1986 season and served for the next five years there strictly as a backup. In 1988, he took over for an injured Bernie Kosar and Don Strock and played well in a playoff loss to the Houston Oilers.

Pagel finished up the last three years with the Los Angeles Rams, never garnering more than mop-up duties.

Pagel now resides in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, and is a project manager for AT&T. He also serves as analyst for the pregame, halftime and postgame shows on WTAM and WMMS during Browns games and offers television color commentary on college games on Fox Sports Network. Pagel also provides video commentary on his own site Pagel On Point. In addition, he presently is the quarterback coach at Normandy High School in Parma, Ohio. Sports is part of the family bloodline; Mike's brother Karl Pagel played baseball for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. His brother Rick was a starting defensive end for the United States Naval Academy and served over 20 years as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps. Two of his other brothers also played junior college sports. His brother, Bruce, played offensive line at Glendale (AZ) Community College, and is now a professor of political science at Santa Fe College. His brother, Ross, played quarterback for Phoenix College, and later played first base for the college baseball team.

Shula Bowl

The Shula Bowl is the name given to the Florida Atlantic–Florida International football rivalry. It is an annual college football rivalry game between the Florida Atlantic University Owls and the Florida International University Panthers. The game's winner receives a traveling trophy, the "Don Shula Award," for one year. The current winner is Florida Atlantic, winning 49–14 on November 3, 2018. Florida Atlantic leads the all-time series twelve games to four.The game and trophy are named after former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula. Don Shula was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1995. Each school's first head coach has previous ties to Don Shula. Florida Atlantic's first head coach Howard Schnellenberger was an assistant of Shula in the 1970s, and FIU's first head coach Don Strock was a player under Shula in the 1970s and 1980s. Don Shula set numerous records as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and his legacy is seen throughout the Miami area. The Shula Bowl pays homage to Shula, to South Florida football and the ties and history of both universities.

Virginia Tech Hokies football statistical leaders

The Virginia Tech Hokies football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Virginia Tech Hokies football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Hokies represent Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Although Virginia Tech began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book generally does not include entries from before the 1950s, as the records from this era are often incomplete and inconsistent.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1950s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Hokies have played in 15 bowl games since then, giving players since 2002 an extra game to accumulate statistics. Similarly, the Hokies have played in the ACC Championship Game five times since it began.

All ten of the Hokies' 10 highest seasons in offensive output, both in yardage and scoring, have come during current head coach Frank Beamer's tenure, and eight of them have come in the 21st century.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season. The Virginia Tech football record book generally does not give a full top 10 in single-game statistics.

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