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March 6 in American Football History
1875 – College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank “Buck” O’Neill was born. O’Neill played end at Williams College from 1899-1901 before entering the coaching profession at Colgate in 1902. After a year off, he continued his career at Colgate in 1904-1905 before moving on to Syracuse for three different stints – 1906-1907, 1913-1915 and 1917-1919. He then wrapped up his career at Columbia from 1920-1922. He was a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, and passed away on April 21, 1958, at the age of 83.
1892 – College Football Hall of Fame coach Clark Shaughnessy was born. He attended high school at North St. Paul (MN) before enrolling at Minnesota and playing for the Golden Gophers from 1911-1913. He then embarked upon a long coach career landing his first head coaching job at Tulane in New Orleans where he coached from 1915-1920 and again from 1922-1926. From 1927-1932, he stayed in town but moved over to Loyola University. He finally left New Orleans in 1933 to take over at Chicago for the legendary Hall of Fame coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. He remained there through 1939 before heading out west to coach Stanford for two years in 1940-1941. He then moved to the East Coast to take over at Maryland for one year (1942) followed by a three-year stint at Pittsburgh (1943-1945). He was an advisor for the NFL’s Washington Redskins during part of this time (1944-1947), but when Pittsburgh disapproved, he returned to Maryland for another season (1946). He then spent three years in the NFL coaching the Los Angeles Rams (1948-1949). After a 12-year stint as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1951-1962), he returned to the college ranks for one final season as the head coach at Hawaii. Shaughnessy was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968, and passed away on May 15, 1970, at the age of 78.
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