Lindy Infante

Gelindo "Lindy" Infante (March 27, 1940 – October 8, 2015), was an American college football player and assistant coach, who became an offensive coordinator and head coach in both the National Football League (NFL) and the United States Football League (USFL). Infante played college football for the University of Florida, and later served as the head coach of the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL, and the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.

Lindy Infante
Black-and-white photograph of Infante wearing a football uniform with pads (but no helmet), with a number 33 jersey, and cradling a football in his right arm
No. 25
Position:Halfback
Personal information
Born:March 27, 1940
Miami, Florida
Died:October 8, 2015 (aged 75)
St. Augustine, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Senior (FL)
College:Florida
Undrafted:1963
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:NFL: 36–60 (.375)
USFL: 15–21 (.417)
Postseason:NFL: 0–1 (.000)
Career:NFL: 36–61 (.371)
USFL: 15–21 (.417)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early life

Infante was born in Miami, Florida in 1940.[1] He attended Miami Senior High School, where he played high school football and was the star fullback for the Miami Stingarees.

College career

Infante accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and he played tailback for coach Ray Graves' Florida Gators football team from 1960 to 1962.[2] He was also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity (Epsilon Zeta Chapter) while he was an undergraduate. Memorably, Infante scored the go-ahead touchdown in the Gators' 18–17 upset of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1960, scored three touchdowns in their 21–7 victory over the Clemson Tigers in 1961,[3] and was a senior team captain and a third-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 1962.[2] During his undergraduate playing days, he also suffered two severe injuries: a ruptured lung against the LSU Tigers in 1960, and a season-ending broken leg against LSU in 1962.[4]

Infante graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1964, and he was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Distinguished Letter Winner" in 1988. [5][6]

Infante returned to his alma mater in 1966, where he worked as an assistant football coach under head coaches Graves and Doug Dickey until 1971,[2] and was responsible for recruiting legendary Gator wide receiver Carlos Alvarez. He went on to serve as the offensive coordinator at Memphis State from 1972 to 1974.

NFL assistant and coordinator

Infante was the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals in the early 1980s under Forrest Gregg. His offense, quarterbacked by Ken Anderson, led the Bengals to the 1981 AFC title, and a berth in Super Bowl XVI. During the summer of 1983, he was offered and accepted the head coach position for the upstart Jacksonville Bulls; citing potentially divided loyalties, the Bengals management promptly fired him before the start of the 1983 NFL fall season.[7] Infante served as the Bulls' head coach during their two spring football seasons in 1984 and 1985. After the 1985 season, the Bulls planned to merge with the Denver Gold and take the Gold's Mouse Davis as head coach; the USFL would never play the 1986 season. As Infante had left the USFL months ahead of its cessation, he was able to secure work in fall 1986, unlike most of the league's other coaches. He became the offensive coordinator of the Bernie Kosar-quarterbacked Cleveland Browns during the 1986 and 1987 NFL fall seasons.[8] Under Infante, the 1987 Browns were the second-highest-scoring offense in the AFC.[8]

Green Bay Packers

In 1988, Infante became an NFL head coach for the first time, leaving Cleveland to replace Forrest Gregg as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. That first season, the Packers endured losing streaks of five and seven games and finished with a 4–12 record. Infante's second season, 1989, was his most successful; after a slow start, the Packers won five of their last six games, finishing 10–6, only missing the playoffs on a tie-breaker with the rival Minnesota Vikings. For his efforts, Infante was named the 1989 AP NFL Coach of the Year. In 1990, the Packers started 6–5, only to lose their final five games and finish 6–10 and out of the playoffs. That five-game losing streak continued into 1991, when the Packers lost six of their first seven games, and finished 4–12. A 27–7 season-ending victory over the Vikings notwithstanding, Infante was fired by the Packers' new general manager, Ron Wolf, before the beginning of the 1992 season. He was succeeded by Mike Holmgren, then the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Indianapolis Colts

A second opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL came in 1996, when Infante replaced the fired Ted Marchibroda as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who had reached the AFC title game in 1995. The season opened with great success, as the Colts started 5–1, but a four-game losing streak in the heart of the season ended their chances at an AFC East division title. Although they qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team, the Colts had to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh in the wild card playoff game. Although the Colts led 14–13 at the half, a second half collapse allowed the Steelers to claim a 42–14 victory. It was Infante's only NFL playoff game; Indianapolis lost their first ten games of the 1997 season, finishing 3–13. Infante was fired shortly after the season's end.

As an NFL head coach, Infante compiled a career record of 36–60–0, with an 0–1 record in the playoffs.[9]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
GB 1988 4 12 0 .250 5th in NFC Central
GB 1989 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC Central
GB 1990 6 10 0 .375 4th in NFC Central
GB 1991 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC Central
GB Total 24 40 0 .375
IND 1996 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Wild Card game.
IND 1997 3 13 0 .563 5th in AFC East
IND Total 12 20 0 .375 0 1 .000
Total 36 60 0 .375 0 1 .000

Life after football

After his retirement, Infante lived in Crescent Beach, Florida with his wife Stephanie, two sons, and his five grandchildren.[10] He died in St. Augustine, Florida on October 8, 2015, aged 75.[11][12]

Notable players who became head coaches

Players who played for Lindy Infante who later became NCAA or NFL head coaches

See also

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference, Lindy Infante. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 96, 124, 163, 174, 177, 182 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Peter Golenbeck, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, St. Petersburg, Florida, pp. 135–138, 147–148 (2002).
  4. ^ Golenbeck, Go Gators!, pp. 141–143, 161.
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Distinguished Letterwinners. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Lindy Infante among seven Florida athletic honorees," The Gaineville Sun, p. 5C (April 6, 1988). Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Paul Zimmerman, "In Cincy, The News Isn't Good," Sports Illustrated (September 12, 1983). Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Paul Zimmerman, "AFC Central," Sports Illustrated (August 29, 1988). Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  9. ^ Richard Goldstein, "Lindy Infante, Who Led Packers' Revival, Dies at 75," The New York Times (October 8, 2015). Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  10. ^ Gene Frenette, "Where are they now: Former Jacksonville Bulls coach Lindy Infante," The Florida Times-Union (August 7, 2010). Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/former-packers-coach-lindy-infante-dies-b99592942z1-331279781
  12. ^ "Former Packers head coach Lindy Infante dies". packers.com.

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1980 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1980 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 13th year in professional football and its 11th with the National Football League (NFL). The Bengals went 6-10 and managed only 244 points, lowest in the AFC. They did upset defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh twice. First-round draft choice Anthony Muñoz began his Hall of Fame career.

1988 Green Bay Packers season

The 1988 Green Bay Packers season was their 70th season overall and their 68th in the National Football League (NFL). Under coach Lindy Infante, the club had their second 4–12 in three seasons, finishing last place in the NFC Central division. 1988 was the first season the Packers played under Infante.

1989 Green Bay Packers season

The 1989 Green Bay Packers season was their 71st overall and their 69th in the National Football League. The Packers posted a 10–6 record, their best since 1972, but failed to make the playoffs. The team was often referred to as the "Cardiac Pack" due to several close-game wins. The 1989 Packers hold the NFL record for most one-point victories in a season with four. The team was coached by Lindy Infante and led by quarterback Don Majkowski, who attained his nickname "The Majik Man."

1989 NFL season

The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced his retirement. Paul Tagliabue was eventually chosen to succeed him, taking over on November 5.

Due to damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake to Candlestick Park, the New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers game on October 22 was played at Stanford Stadium in Stanford.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXIV where the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55–10 at the Louisiana Superdome.

1990 Green Bay Packers season

The 1990 Green Bay Packers season was their 72nd season overall and their 70th in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–10 record under third-year coach Lindy Infante, earning them a fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division.

1991 Green Bay Packers season

The 1991 Green Bay Packers season was their 73rd season overall and their 71st in the National Football League. The club posted a 4–12 record under coach Lindy Infante, earning them fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division. 1991 was the last season the Packers played under Lindy Infante.

1991 NFL season

The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. It was the final season for legendary coach Chuck Noll. The season ended with Super Bowl XXVI when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 37–24 at the Metrodome in Minnesota. This was the second of four consecutive Super Bowl losses for Buffalo.

1992 NFL season

The 1992 NFL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Football League.

Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew, the New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins game that was scheduled for September 6 at Joe Robbie Stadium was rescheduled to October 18. Both teams originally had that weekend off. This marked the first time since the 1966 NFL season and the AFL seasons of 1966 and 1967 that there were byes in week 1; in those years, byes were necessary every week since there were an odd number of teams, which would happen again between 1999 and 2001. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dolphins also had their 2017 season opener postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

The Atlanta Falcons played their first season in the new Georgia Dome, replacing Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, playing there until 2016.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXVII when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52–17 at the Rose Bowl. This would be the third of the Bills’ four consecutive Super Bowl losses.

1996 NFL season

The 1996 NFL season was the 77th regular season of the National Football League and the season was marked by notable controversies from beginning to end. The season ended with Super Bowl XXXI when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35–21 at the Louisiana Superdome.

1997 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1997 Indianapolis Colts season was the 45th season for the team in the National Football League and 14th in Indianapolis. The Colts finished the National Football League’s 1997 season with a record of 3 wins and 13 losses, and finished fifth in the AFC East division. The Colts would start horribly, losing their first ten games for their worst start since 1986. They became only the second team to start 0–10 since 1987 after the 1993 Bengals, before an upset home win over eventual NFC Champion Green Bay. That would turn out to be the only good highlight all season for the Colts, as the team fell to a league-worst 3–13 record, and earned the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, where they selected quarterback Peyton Manning and created a dynasty for the Colts during the 2000s.

Guy Brown

Guy Brown, III (born June 1, 1955) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Houston.

Infante (disambiguation)

Infante was a title and rank given in the Iberian kingdoms during the Middle Ages, and still given today in some forms.

Infante can also refer to:

Alexis Infante (born 1961), Venezuelan baseball player (retired infielder)

Edward Anthony Infante (born 1940), Former Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

José Miguel Infante (1778–1844), Chilean politician

Lindy Infante (1940–2015), American professional football coach

Manuel Infante (1883–1958), Spanish composer

Omar Infante (born 1981), Venezuelan baseball player (current infielder)

Pedro Infante (1917–1957), Mexican singer and actor

Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1929–2005), Cuban writer

Keith Molesworth

Keith Frank Molesworth (October 20, 1905 – March 12, 1966) was an American football player and coach. He also played and managed in minor league baseball.

List of Green Bay Packers head coaches

There have been 15 head coaches for the Green Bay Packers, a professional American football team of the National Football League (NFL). The franchise was founded in 1919 by Curly Lambeau and competed for two years against teams around Wisconsin and Michigan before entering into the American Professional Football Association, which is now known as the NFL.

Four different coaches have won NFL championships with the Packers: Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, and 1944; Vince Lombardi in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967; Mike Holmgren in 1996; and Mike McCarthy in 2010. Lambeau is the franchise leader in career games (334) and career wins (209), while Lombardi has the best winning percentage (.754). Ray (Scooter) McLean has the worst winning percentage (.077). Four Packers coaches—Lambeau, Lombardi, Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg—have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, although Starr and Gregg are recognized as players. Lombardi and Lindy Infante have both been named the league's coach of the year by major news organizations.

As of January 2019, the head coach of the Green Bay Packers is Matt LaFleur, who was named to that position after Mike McCarthy was fired during the 2018 NFL season.

List of Green Bay Packers seasons

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since their founding in 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, the Packers have played over 1,350 games in 100 seasons of competitive football. The first two seasons the Packers played against local teams in and around Wisconsin. In 1921, they became part of the American Professional Football Association, the precursor to the National Football League (NFL). In their 99 seasons, the Packers have won 13 professional American football championships (the most in NFL history), including nine NFL Championships and four Super Bowls. They have captured 18 divisional titles, eight conference championships, and recorded the second most regular season (738) and overall victories (772) of any NFL franchise, behind the Chicago Bears.

The franchise has experienced three major periods of continued success in their history. The first period of success came from 1929–1944, when the Packers were named NFL Champions six times. This period saw the Packers become the first dynasty of American football (1929–1931). The second period of success was between 1960–1967, where the Packers won five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls. The Packers also won three consecutive NFL Championships for the second time in franchise history (1965–1967). The most recent period of success ranges from 1993–present, where the franchise has reached the playoffs 19 times, including three Super Bowl appearances, winning two in 1996 and 2010. This period included the 2011 season, where the team won 15 games, the most the Packers have won in a single season.

The Packers have also experienced periods of extended failure in their history. The two most notable times were from 1945–1958, where the franchise never placed higher than 3rd in the league standings and recorded the worst record of any Packers team, going 1–10–1 in 1958. The second period of continued failure occurred between 1968–1991, where the club only went to the playoffs twice, and recorded only six winning seasons.

The 2018 NFL season is the Packers 100th season of competitive football and 98th season as part of the NFL.

List of Indianapolis Colts head coaches

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom won the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The team was known as the Baltimore Colts for 31 seasons before moving to Indianapolis in March 1984.There have been 19 head coaches for the Colts franchise. Keith Molesworth became the first coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, but he was reassigned to a different position with the team following the season. In terms of tenure, Weeb Ewbank has led the team for more games (112) and more complete seasons (nine) than any other head coach. He led the team to two of their NFL championships. Three Colts head coaches; Ewbank, Don Shula (3), and Ted Marchibroda, have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Ewbank and Shula are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1978 and 1997 respectively.Six times in Colts history there were interim head coaches. In 1972, Don McCafferty was fired five games into the season. John Sandusky was named as the interim head coach for the rest of the season, during which he led the Colts to a 4–5 record, but he was not made the permanent coach the next year. In 1974, head coach Howard Schnellenberger started off the season 0–3 and was fired. Joe Thomas assumed the duties of head coach and finished the season at 2–12. In 1991, the Colts started off 0–5 and Ron Meyer was fired as head coach. Rick Venturi was named as the interim for the final 11 games. In 2005 Tony Dungy was forced to miss one game due to personal issues. Jim Caldwell was named as the one game interim. In 2012 offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was named as the interim head coach indefinitely after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks into the 2012 NFL season. Arians led the Colts to a 9–3 record – the record being credited to Pagano – and made the playoffs.

National Football League Coach of the Year Award

The National Football League Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. Currently, the most widely recognized award is presented by the Associated Press (AP), although in the past several awards received press recognition. First presented in 1957, the AP award did not include American Football League (AFL) teams. The Sporting News has given a pro football coach of the year award since 1947 and in 1949 gave its award to a non-NFL coach, Paul Brown of the All-America Football Conference's Cleveland Browns. Other NFL Coach of the Year awards are presented by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America and the Maxwell Football Club. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. From 1960 to 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

Robert J. Parins

Robert James Parins (August 23, 1918 – May 26, 2017) was an American judge and the president of the Green Bay Packers, an American professional football team, from 1982 to 1989.

Ted Marchibroda

Theodore Joseph "Ted" Marchibroda (March 15, 1931 – January 16, 2016) was an American football quarterback and head coach in the National Football League (NFL). He spent his four years as an active player with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1953, 1955–1956) and Chicago Cardinals (1957). He was later head coach of the Colts in two different cities and decades, first in Baltimore during the 1970s and then Indianapolis during the early-1990s. Upon joining the Baltimore Ravens in a similar capacity in 1996, he became the only individual to serve as head coach with both of Baltimore's NFL teams. His career coaching record was 87–98–1 (.470) and 2–4 in the playoffs.

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