Perry Moss

Perry Lee Moss (August 4, 1926 – August 7, 2014) was an American football player, coach, and executive. Moss played tailback at the University of Tulsa and quarterback at Illinois during the 1940s. As a Tulsa tailback, he was on the Orange Bowl team that beat Georgia Tech, 26–12, in the 1945 Orange Bowl and later as an Illinois T-quarterback, he directed a Rose Bowl team which routed UCLA, 45–14, in 1947. Moss served two years in the United States Air Force between his playing time at Tulsa and Illinois. At Illinois, he was named to All-Big Ten Conference and All-American teams. He was drafted in 1948 by the Green Bay Packers in the 13th round (111th pick overall) and played at the professional level for one year before returning to Illinois as an assistant. He started one game at quarterback for the Packers.[1][2]

Moss served as head baseball coach and backfield coach at the University of Miami in 1955 and University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1958. In 1959, he was named as the head football coach and athletic director at Florida State, and compiled a 4–6 record and later at Marshall University in 1968 where he compiled an 0–9–1 record before resigning in the wake of NCAA recruiting violations. Twenty-eight members of the 1969 Thundering Herd presented a petition to West Virginia Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. to reinstate Moss for 1970, but the university instead named 1969 interim coach Rick Tolley, known as a brutal disciplinarian, to the post permanently. The decision undoubtedly saved Moss' life, for Tolley, 37 players and 37 others perished on November 14, 1970 in the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932 following Marshall's loss at East Carolina.

From 1960 through 1962 he was head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. In the mid-1960s and again in the early 1980s he coached the West Virginia Rockets of the semi-pro American Football Association. In 1987, Moss was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bruisers of the Arena Football League.[3] In 1991, he was named as first coach of the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League and compiled a record of 59–25 before leaving the team in 1997. From 1986 to 1987, Moss was the Defensive Coordinator of the University of Central Florida, where he introduced the Chicago Bears '46' Defense, enabling UCF to record its first winning season in history. The following year, Moss's Defense led UCF to its first Division I-AA play-off appearance. Moss then resigned from UCF, and thereafter began coaching Arena Football.

Perry's son Les is also an American football coach.

Moss is a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. On August 7, 2014, Moss died at his home in Deltona, Florida, aged 88.[4]

Perry Moss
Perry Moss - 1948 Bowman
Moss on a 1948 Bowman football card
Biographical details
BornAugust 4, 1926
Tulsa, Oklahoma
DiedAugust 7, 2014 (aged 88)
Deltona, Florida
Playing career
1948Green Bay Packers
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1949Illinois (freshmen)
1950–1951Washington (assistant)
1952LSU (backfield)
1955–1957Miami (FL) (backfield)
1958Wisconsin (backfield)
1959Florida State
1960–1962Montreal Alouettes
1964–1965Charleston Rockets
1988Chicago Bruisers
1990Detroit Drive
1991–1997Orlando Predators
1955Miami (FL)
Head coaching record
Overall4–15–1 (college football)
86–35–1 (AFL)
15–7 (college baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
ArenaBowl IV
AFL Coach of the Year (1988, 1992, 1994)

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Florida State Seminoles (NCAA University Division independent) (1959)
1959 Florida State 4–6
Florida State: 4–6
Marshall Thundering Herd (Mid-American Conference) (1968)
1968 Marshall 0–9–1 0–6 7th
Marshall: 0–9–1 0–6
Total: 4–15–1


  1. ^ "The Quarterback Abstract: Ranking the Quarterbacks in Modern Day History". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Perry Moss". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Linda Kay & Mike Conklin (February 23, 1988). "The Silver Fox is on the scene: Blackhawks General Manager..." Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Former Seminole football coach, Perry Moss, dies". Retrieved August 8, 2014.

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1948 Green Bay Packers season

The 1948 Green Bay Packers season was their 30th season overall and their 28th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 3–9 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning a fourth-place finish in the Western Conference.

1968 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

The 1968 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 1968 college football season. The team was led by first-year coach Perry Moss, in his only season. They were outscored 129–358 by their opponents. The Thundering Herd finished the season 0–9–1, 0–6 in MAC play to finish in last place.

1989 Purefoods Hotdogs season

The 1989 Purefoods Hotdogs season was the 2nd season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

1992 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates

This is a list of the 43 players who earned 1993 PGA Tour cards through the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in 1992.

PGA Tour rookie in 1993

1998 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates

This is a list of the 41 players who earned 1999 PGA Tour cards through the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in 1998.

PGA Tour rookie in 1999

America East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

"AEC Tournament" redirects here. For the baseball tournament, see America East Conference Baseball Tournament.The America East Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the America East Conference. The winner of the annual tournament gains an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

Charleston Rockets

The Charleston Rockets were a professional American football team based in Charleston, West Virginia. They began play in 1964 as a member of the United Football League, and became a charter franchise in the Continental Football League in 1965. In their first season in the CFL, the Rockets finished with a perfect 14-0 record and won the league championship over the Toronto Rifles, 24-7. After an ownership change in 1968, the team announced that it was suspending operations in January 1969. Its place in the league's lineup was replaced by the Jersey Jays, returning the CFL to North Jersey after the departure of the Newark Bears to Orlando three seasons prior.

Chicago Bruisers

The Chicago Bruisers were a professional arena football team based in Rosemont, Illinois. They were founded in 1987 as a charter member of the Arena Football League (AFL). They played their home games at Rosemont Horizon.

Deke Brackett

Herbert Benjamin "Deke" Brackett (January 2, 1911 – November 14, 1970) was an American football player and coach.

Brackett played quarterback at the University of Tennessee from 1931 to 1933. He played in the same backfield as halfback Beattie Feathers, future College Football Hall of Famer and NFL All-Decade Team member. After graduating, Brackett remained at Tennessee as an assistant. After stints at The Citadel and Hampden-Sydney, he returned to Tennessee as an assistant to new head coach John Barnhill. Brackett followed Barnhill to Arkansas in 1946. Following Barnhill's resignation after the 1949 season, Brackett moved to UCLA where he was the Bruins' backfield coach until 1962.

Brackett returned to coaching as an assistant with the Orlando Panthers of the Continental Football League. He returned to college football in 1968 when his head coach with the Panthers, Perry Moss hired him to work on his staff at Marshall University.

Brackett died in the 1970 plane crash that killed most of the Marshall football team and coaching staff and several team boosters. Brackett was supposed to go on a recruiting trip with fellow assistant William "Red" Dawson, however graduate assistant Gail Parker gave Brackett his seat and went on the recruiting trip instead.

Les Moss (American football)

Les Moss is an American football coach who is currently the assistant head coach of the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL). He was the head coach of the Jacksonville Sharks of the AFL from 2010 to 2016. He's the son of former NFL, AFL, CFL and NCAA head football coach, Perry Moss, who is enshrined in the AFL Hall of Fame.

List of Florida State Seminoles head football coaches

This is a list of all the head coaches for the Florida State Seminoles football team.

List of Marshall Thundering Herd head football coaches

The Marshall Thundering college football team represents Marshall University in the East Division of the Conference USA (C-USA). The Thundering Herd competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 30 head coaches since it began play during the 1895 season. Since December 2009, Doc Holliday has served as Marshall's head coach.

Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year

The Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the AFL head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal.

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.

Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award

The Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award is an American college football award given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to "the player who by his conduct on and off the gridiron demonstrates a high esteem for the football code and exemplifies sportsmanship to an outstanding degree" among northeastern colleges and universities. In 1982, the award was narrowed to the player deemed to be the "very best, and most academically talented, college football player in New England." Since 1989, the award has been given annually to two players (with the exception of a single winner in 1996 and three winners in 2007), one from a Division I football program, and one from a small college.The award is the fourth oldest collegiate football award in the United States, following the Heisman, Maxwell, and George "Bulger" Lowe trophies.The award is named for the founder of the Gridiron Club, Nils V. "Swede" Nelson, a former college player at Harvard and coach. Nelson was a member of the unbeaten Harvard football team that defeated Oregon in the 1920 Rose Bowl.

The inaugural winner of the trophy was quarterback Perry Moss of Illinois in 1946. Other notable winners of the award include Doak Walker (1949), Johnny Bright (1951), Floyd Little (1966), Dick Jauron (1971), Otis Armstrong (1972), Tom Waddle (1988), Jay Fiedler (1992), Matt Hasselbeck (1997), and Mark Herzlich (2009).

Orlando Panthers

The Orlando Panthers were a professional American football team based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1958 as the Franklin Miners, the team spent its first four years in the Eastern Football Conference, then three further years in the Atlantic Coast Football League before moving to the Continental Football League in 1965. The franchise moved from Newark, New Jersey to Orlando in 1966 and found success on the field as the Panthers. But while the team won the CFL championship twice they were plagued by financial difficulties. The team jumped back to the ACFL in 1970 but were suspended by the league after the season.

Perry Moss (basketball)

Perry Victor Moss (born November 11, 1958) is a former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player.

Moss played basketball at Northeastern University under coach Jim Calhoun, where he averaged 15.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game in four seasons there. In his senior season, Moss was named the America East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Moss graduated as the school’s second-leading career scorer with 1722 points and a 15.2 average in 113 games. He was considered the most explosive guard in New England and one of the most athletic players in the nation. In 1982 he went head to head with future NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins and the Georgia Bulldogs in the first round of the Gotten State Classic. Despite a big game from Moss, the Huskies lost, but Lakers GM Jerry West, who was in the audience, noted that Moss was the best guard he had seen that year. On his home court, Moss would dazzle the fans with his acrobatic dunks created by his 41-inch vertical leap. As a junior in 1981, Moss teamed with guard Pete Harris to lead the Huskies to their first of seven conference titles. His career included a number of clutch shots, including Moss's halfcourt bomb that sent the championship game versus Holy Cross into overtime, which NU eventually won 76–69. He also hit a last second shot in the opening round of the NCAA tournament when NU knocked off 20th ranked Fresno State before bowing out to Utah. Moss and the Huskies repeated the feat a year later, as Moss averaged 23.7 points per game. NU defeated St. Joseph's 63–62 in the first round, before dropping a heartwrenching, triple overtime affair to Villanova in the second round. Moss scored 23 and 31 points respectively, in those two games. For his career, Moss scored over 30 points eight times and made seven straight all tournament squads.

Moss was then drafted with the twenty-third pick in the third round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, but he was released before playing a single game. Prior to the 1983-84 NBA season Moss was signed by the New Jersey Nets, but was once again released before playing a single game. He played three years in the CBA before making his NBA debut for the Washington Bullets in the 1985-86 NBA season. He was released mid-season. Moss finished the 1985–86 season by playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. After the season, Moss was once again released, but he did play for the Golden State Warriors in the 1986-87 NBA season. On Sep 27, 1989, he was signed by the Orlando Magic, but was waived before the start of the regular season. In total, he played in 136 NBA games, and averaged 3.9 points and 1.5 assists. Moss spent the next decade playing with a string of CBA teams, including the La Crosse Cat Birds and the Topeka Sizzlers (1988–1989), Rockford Lightning (1991–1992), Yakima Sun Kings (1993–1994), Hartford HellCats (Player/Coach 1994–1995), and the Connecticut Pride (Player/Coach 1995–1996).

In all he played on ten CBA teams in eleven years, and finished his CBA career in 1995 playing for the Connecticut Pride team that also featured future UConn coach Kevin Ollie in his rookie season.

Despite sustaining injuries, including a broken ankle that sidelined him for the 1990–1991 season, Moss's emphasis on high-level fitness and healthy eating gave him remarkable longevity. At the age of 39, he finished his final professional basketball season in 1997 playing for the Norwich Neptunes of the Atlantic Basketball Association.

On May 22, 2013, it was announced that Moss would be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2013.

Perry Moss (golfer)

Perry Moss (born July 12, 1969) is an American professional golfer.

Moss was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He played college golf at Louisiana State University where he won twice and was a two-time All-American. He turned professional in 1991.

Moss played on the Ben Hogan Tour (now Nationwide Tour) in 1992, winning once at the Ben Hogan Texarkana Open. He tied for medalist honors at the 1992 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament (five-way tie) to earn his PGA Tour card for 1993. He would play both tours through 2002: the Nationwide Tour in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2001–02, and the PGA Tour 1993, and 1999–2000, where his best finish was T-3 at the 1999 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. He has played mini-tours since then while dealing with intestinal and hip problems.

Texarkana Open

The Texarkana Open was a golf tournament on the Nike Tour. It ran from 1990 to 1995. It was played at Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Arkansas.

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