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Hank Stram: Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach

Hank Stram Career Highlights


Head coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Hank Stram was regarded as an excellent evaluator of talent and an innovator on both sides of the ball. He devised formations such as the two tight end offense and the stack defense and was the first to employ a moving pocket to enhance the abilities of his mobile quarterback, Len Dawson.

Stram played running back for Purdue in 1942 and again in 1946 and 1947, then began his coaching career by serving as an assistant for the Boilermakers from 1948 to 1955. In 1959 Lamar Hunt hired him as the first head coach of the Dallas Texans of the American Football League. The Texans went on to win 1962 AFL championship before moving to Kansas City in 1963 and changing their name to the Chiefs.

Stram is the only coach in AFL history to take his team to two Super Bowls. He lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I, but in possibly his greatest moment as a head coach, the Chiefs defeated the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

His Texans/Chiefs won more games than any other AFL team and Stram himself won more AFL championships than any other coach. During his 17 seasons as a head coach, which included the Texans/Chiefs (1960-1974) and the New Orleans Saints (1976-1977), he compiled a 131-97-10 regular-season record and a 5-3 post-season performance

Career Highlights
American Football League Coach of the Year in 1968
Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 3, 2003

Championship Teams
1962 Dallas Texans (AFL Western Division, AFL champions)
1966 Kansas City Chiefs (AFL Western Division, AFL champions)
1969 Kansas City Chiefs (AFL, Super Bowl IV champions)
1971 Kansas City Chiefs (AFC Western Division champions)

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