Jerry Burns

Jerome Monahan Burns (born January 24, 1927) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Iowa, from 1961 to 1965, compiling record of 16–27–2, and for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) from 1986 to 1991, tallying a mark of 52–43 in the regular season, and 3–3 in the postseason.[1]

Jerry Burns
Jerry Burns
Burns from 1962 Hawkeye
Biographical details
BornJanuary 24, 1927 (age 92)
Detroit, Michigan
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951Hawaii (assistant)
1952Whittier (assistant)
1953St. Mary's of Redford HS (MI)
1954–1960Iowa (assistant)
1966–1967Green Bay Packers (assistant)
1968–1985Minnesota Vikings (OC)
1986–1991Minnesota Vikings
Head coaching record
Overall16–27–2 (college football)
55–46 (NFL)
3–7 (college baseball)

Early coaching career

Burns served as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach with the University of Hawaii in 1951. Burns left Hawaii to coach at Whittier College in 1952, where he was the head basketball coach and an assistant football coach. At the beginning of 1953, he left Whittier and took a job as head football and head basketball coach at St. Mary's of Redford High School in Detroit, Michigan. Following the 1953 football season at St. Mary's, Burns was hired by fellow Michigan alumnus Forest Evashevski as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa.[2] Burns began serving as an assistant coach at Iowa under Evashevski in 1954.[3]

Iowa head coach

Burns served seven total years as an assistant coach to Evashevski.[3] As part of a deal with Iowa Athletic Board, Evy was appointed as Iowa's athletic director and agreed to appoint his successor as head football coach at Iowa. Evy appointed Burns to succeed him, and Burns became Iowa's 20th head football coach beginning with the 1961 season. He was 34 years old.[4]

Before his first game as a college head coach, his 1961 Hawkeye team was named as the preseason number one team in the nation in the AP Poll.[4] Iowa defended their ranking by winning their first four games in 1961, but then the Hawks hit a slide, losing their next four. In their final game of the year, the Hawkeyes defeated Notre Dame, 42–21.[5] It was Iowa's fifth win in six years over the Irish.[5] Iowa finished the season 5–4, their last winning record until 1981.

In 1962, for the only time in school history, Iowa defeated both Michigan and Ohio State in the same year. The Hawkeyes won only two other games and posted a 4–5 final record. The school's final game of the season against Notre Dame was canceled on account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Hawkeyes finished 1963 with a 3–3–2 record.

A 3–0 start in the 1964 season quickly turned sour, as the Hawkeyes lost their final six games. Burns was now in real danger of being fired, but Iowa had several players returning in 1965, and the Hawkeyes were expected to be very good. Burns was allowed to return in 1965. Before the 1965 season, Playboy Magazine picked Iowa as their preseason number one team in the nation and predicted a 9–1 record for the Hawks. Instead, Iowa finished the year 1–9, and before Iowa's final game that season, it was announced that Burns would not be retained in 1966. Of his firing, Burns said, "I want to be emphatic. I hold no ill feelings toward anyone. I hope, I sincerely hope, Iowa has great success in football in the future. If I can contribute to that future, I will." After his final game, his players hoisted him on their shoulders and carried him off the field, despite the loss.[6]

There were those who insisted that Forest Evashevski wanted to be called back as football coach and that rather than helping Burns to succeed, Evy hampered him with rules and regulations that were not in force when Evy was the coach. But Burns ultimately said, "If we have failed, and we have, I'll take the responsibility for that. It is not the players' fault. They have done the best they can."[7] He had a 16–27–2 record at Iowa.

Professional coaching career

Burns was 38 years of age when he was fired at Iowa. He moved on to the Green Bay Packers of the NFL and served for two years as an assistant coach to Vince Lombardi in 1966 and 1967 when the Packers won Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.[8][9] When Lombardi retired after the 1967 season, Burns was hired by Bud Grant of the Minnesota Vikings. Grant hired Burns to be his offensive coordinator. Burns served as Minnesota's offensive coordinator for the next 18 years, from 1968–1985. During that time, the Vikings made the playoffs 12 times, won 11 division titles, and played in four Super Bowls.

When Grant retired from coaching for the second time in 1985, Burns was named as the 4th head coach of the Minnesota Vikings on January 7, 1986. He coached Minnesota for six years, from 1986 to 1991. Burns compiled a record of 52–43 and led the Vikings to the playoffs three times.[10] He helped the Vikings win the division title in 1989 and led them to the NFC championship game in 1987. On November 5, 1989, Burns gave a profanity laced tirade during a postgame press conference where he defended his offensive coordinator, Bob Schnelker,[11] despite the fact that the Vikings' Rich Karlis kicked a then league record-tying seven field goals en route to a 23-21 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

On December 4, 1991, Burns announced that he would retire from coaching after the 1991 NFL season; he finished his final season with an 8-8 record.[12] He has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but has yet to gain the votes necessary for induction. In 1998, Burns gave the Hall of Fame induction speech for Paul Krause, a defensive back he coached both at Iowa and with the Vikings.

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten Conference) (1961–1965)
1961 Iowa 5–4 2–4 T–7th
1962 Iowa 4–5 3–3 T–5th
1963 Iowa 3–3–2 2–3–1 8th
1964 Iowa 3–6 1–5 T–9th
1965 Iowa 1–9 0–7 10th
Iowa: 16–27–2 8–22–1
Total: 16–27–2


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIN 1986 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC Central - - - -
MIN 1987 8 7 0 .533 2nd in NFC Central 2 1 .667 Lost to Washington Redskins in NFC Championship Game.
MIN 1988 11 5 0 .688 2nd in NFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to San Francisco 49ers in NFC Divisional Game.
MIN 1989 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to San Francisco 49ers in NFC Divisional Game.
MIN 1990 6 10 0 .375 2nd in NFC Central - - - -
MIN 1991 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC Central - - - -
MIN Total[13] 52 43 0 .547 3 3 .500


  1. ^ "Jerry Burns Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". 1927-01-24. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  2. ^ "Jerry Burns Coaching Record | College Football at". Archived from the original on 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  3. ^ a b "Backfield Coach Burns Succeeds Evashevski". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. 1960-11-20. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  4. ^ a b "Hawkeyes Under Spotlight". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. 1961-09-13. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  5. ^ a b "Iowa Belts Notre Dame By 42 to 21". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  6. ^ 25 Years With The Fighting Hawkeyes, 1964-1988, by Al Grady, Page 9 (ASIN: B0006ES3GS)
  7. ^ Grady, Page 10
  8. ^ "Packers Hire Jerry Burns As Assistant". The Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. 1966-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  9. ^ "Burns Quits Packer Staff". The Milwaukee Journal. 1968-02-19. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  10. ^ "Jerry Burns". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  11. ^ Weyler, John (1989-11-06). "Viking Coach Lashes Out at Critics of His Offensive Coordinator". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  12. ^ "Vikings' Burns Will Retire After Season". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. 1991-12-05. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  13. ^ Jerry Burns Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks –
1954 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1954 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1954 Big Ten Conference football season.

1961 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1961 Big Ten Conference football season was the 66th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1961 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1961 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, compiled an 8–0–1, won the Big Ten championship, and was recognized as the national champion by the Football Writers Association of America. Fullback Bob Ferguson was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Maxwell Award and the UPI and Sporting News College Football Player of the Year awards.

The 1961 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, under head coach Murray Warmath, compiled an 8–2, was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll, and defeated UCLA in the 1962 Rose Bowl. Quarterback Sandy Stephens was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the Big Ten's most valuable player. As of 2017, Stephens is the most recent Minnesota player to win the award.

Ron Miller of Wisconsin received the Sammy Baugh Trophy as the nation's top collegiate passer.

1961 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1961 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. This was Jerry Burns' first season as head coach.

1962 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1962 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1962 Big Ten Conference football season.

1964 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1964 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1964 Big Ten Conference football season.

1965 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1965 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1965 Big Ten Conference football season. This was Jerry Burns' fifth and final year as head coach.

1986 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1986 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League. After Bud Grant's departure following the 1985 season, offensive coordinator Jerry Burns was promoted to be the team's fourth head coach.

The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses.

1988 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1988 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 28th year in the National Football League. The team won eleven games, and finished second to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Central division.

The Vikings had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 1988. The team allowed 4,091 total yards, 4.3 yards per play, and 243 first downs, all best in the league. The Vikings also had a league-best 53 takeaways. Opposing quarterbacks had a league-worst 41.2 passer rating against the Vikings' defense, the lowest total of the 1980s and fifth all-time for the Super Bowl era.The Vikings made the postseason for the second consecutive time under coach Jerry Burns. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Wildcard round, but the following week, the Vikings couldn't flick the switch this time, losing 34-9 to the rejuvenated San Francisco 49ers, who would go on to win their third Super Bowl. This was the last time the Vikings had won a playoff game until 1997.

1988 Pro Bowl

The 1988 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 38th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1987 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 7, 1988, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,113. The final score was AFC 15, NFC 6.Marty Schottenheimer of the Cleveland Browns led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns. The referee was Dick Hantak.Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills was named the game's MVP. Players on the winning AFC team received $10,000 apiece while the NFC participants each took home $5,000.

1991 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1991 Minnesota Vikings season was the 31st year season play for the team and the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. Head coach Jerry Burns retired after the season.

Herschel Walker, going into his third year with Minnesota, went through another season of frustration and he was released following the season. In his two and a half seasons with the Vikings, he failed to reach 1,000 yards. The Walker trade to Minnesota never lived up to expectations and this allowed the Dallas Cowboys to use two draft picks (Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson) to become a dominant team that won three Super Bowls in the 1990s.

Angel (Sarah Brightman song)

Angel is a song written by Jerry Burns and Sally Herbert sung by English singer-songwriter Sarah Brightman from her eleventh studio album, Dreamchaser. It was first released as the album's lead single in Europe and Mexico as a digital download on October 15, 2012.

The song was originally sung by Sally Herbert in 2001 and was included in the soundtrack to the film Crush, starring Andie MacDowell.

Forbidden (1949 film)

Forbidden (a.k.a. Scarlet Heaven ) is a 1949 British thriller film, directed by George King, and starring Douglass Montgomery, Hazel Court and Patricia Burke. The film was produced by George King for Pennant Picturens, and was the last directorial assignment for King, and the final screen appearance by Montgomery.

Gerry Byrne

Gerry Byrne may refer to:

Gerry Byrne (politician) (born 1966), Canadian politician

Gerry Byrne (footballer, born 1938) (1938–2015), English footballer with Liverpool

Gerry Byrne (footballer, born 1957), Scottish footballer with Cardiff City

Gerry Byrne, chairman of Bank Zachodni WBK

List of Iowa Hawkeyes football seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Iowa Hawkeyes football program since the team's inception in 1889. The list documents season-by-season records, and conference records from 1892–1896 and 1900 to the present. The Hawkeyes began playing football as a club sport in 1872, and began playing intramural games against other colleges in 1882, but it was not until 1889 when Iowa challenged Iowa College to an interscholastic varsity football game. Since then, the Hawkeyes have played over 1,200 games, including 30 bowl games.

Historically, Iowa has seen moderate success. The Hawkeyes won the Western Interstate University Football Association championship in 1896 and the Big Ten Conference football championship in 1900 – the school's first year as a member of the Big Ten Conference – but did not win another in the Big Ten until 1921. Iowa's coach at that time was Howard Jones. Under his direction, the Hawkeyes won conference championships in 1921 and 1922, and recorded a school-record 20-game winning streak from 1920–1923. However, the Hawkeyes' success on the field dipped once again. Debt on Iowa's new football stadium – Iowa Stadium – grew yearly, and the Hawkeyes finished in the bottom three of the Big Ten every year except 1933 from 1930–1938. Then, in 1939, Iowa surprisingly finished the season 6–1–1, tripling the win total from the last two seasons combined. The team was nicknamed the "Ironmen," and is generally thought to be one of the greatest teams in school history. They were led by Heisman winner Nile Kinnick, who died in 1943 during a World War II training flight. 29 years later, in 1972, Iowa Stadium was renamed as "Kinnick Stadium" in his honor.

Following the 1939 season, the Hawkeyes slipped into another "down period." From 1940–1955, Iowa recorded 11 losing seasons, and their best finish in the Big Ten was fourth. But in 1952, the Hawkeyes upset Ohio State in Forest Evashevski's first season as coach. Three years later, in 1956, the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten championship with a 9–1 record. Under Evashevski, Iowa won two more conference championships in 1958 and 1960, posting 8–1–1 and 8–1 records respectively. In 1958, the Hawkeyes were awarded the Grantland Rice Trophy as national champions of the Football Writers Association of America. Soon thereafter, however, Evashevski became athletic director, and the football program suffered. The team posted a winning record in 1961 under new head coach Jerry Burns, but it was Iowa's last winning season until 1981. From 1961–1978, the Hawkeyes had four head coaches. Not one of them had a team that finished better than fourth in the Big Ten.

In 1979, Hayden Fry was hired as Iowa's 24th head coach. In 1981, he took the Hawkeyes to their first Rose Bowl since 1958. Iowa won the Big Ten championship three times under Fry, and played in the Rose Bowl in each of those seasons. Following his tenure at Iowa, which ended after the 1998 season, Kirk Ferentz was hired as his successor. Ferentz has won Big Ten championships twice at Iowa, in 2002 and 2004.

List of Iowa Hawkeyes head football coaches

The Iowa Hawkeyes football program is a college football team that represents the University of Iowa in the Big Ten Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The program has had 25 head coaches since organized football began in 1889. Iowa has played in over 1,200 games during its 127 seasons.

List of Minnesota Vikings head coaches

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). The club was founded by Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter in 1959 as a member of the American Football League. However, they forfeited their membership in January 1960 and became the National Football League's 14th franchise in 1961.There have been nine head coaches in the history of the franchise, beginning with Norm Van Brocklin, who was head coach for six seasons between 1961 and 1967. Van Brocklin's successor, Bud Grant, is the only coach to have had more than one tenure with the franchise, and also the only one to have won an NFL championship with the team, at the 1969 NFL Championship Game. Grant is the all-time leader in games coached (243), wins (151), and winning percentage (.622). Les Steckel has the worst winning percentage of the franchise's nine head coaches (.188), with just three wins in his only season in charge. Two Vikings coaches have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Grant and Van Brocklin, although Van Brocklin was elected for his playing career. Mike Tice is the only former Vikings player to have become a head coach for the franchise. The most recent coach was former defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who took over as interim head coach from Brad Childress after the latter was fired on November 22, 2010. Frazier held the position permanently from January 3, 2011, until December 30, 2013, when he was fired after compiling a 21–32–1 record as head coach. On January 15, 2014, the Vikings appointed Mike Zimmer as the team's ninth head coach.

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The team competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) North division.During the 1960s, the Vikings' record was typical for an expansion franchise, but improved over the course of the decade, resulting in a Central Division title in 1968. In 1969, their dominant defense led to the Vikings' league championship, the last NFL championship prior to the merger of the NFL with the AFL.

The team plays its home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis.

Ray Nagel

Raymond Robert Nagel (May 18, 1927 – January 15, 2015) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He was the head football coach at the University of Utah from 1958 to 1965 and the University of Iowa from 1966 to 1970, compiling a career college football coaching record of 58–71–3 (.455). After coaching, Nagel was the athletic director at Washington State University from 1971 to 1976 and the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1976 to 1983. From 1990 to 1995, he was the executive director of the Hula Bowl, a college football invitational all-star game in Hawaii.

Ron Yary

Anthony Ronald Yary (born July 16, 1946) is a former professional American football offensive tackle, playing primarily for the Minnesota Vikings and also for the Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Yary gave credit for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction to his former coaches, John Ashton (high school) John McKay (college) and Bud Grant (professional). He also praised his position coaches Marv Goux, Dave Levy, John Michaels and Jerry Burns.

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