January 14: This Date in American Football History

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Brad Lambert

Everyday RoadTripSports.com celebrates the past, present and future of American football including birthdays, deaths, and important games and events that have occurred in the past through our daily feature This Date in American Football History. Get to know the legends of American football – the sport’s greatest heroes including players and coaches, and relive some of the greatest plays and moments in the game’s history.

Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on the game’s greats or research your favorite schools or players in our databases for College Football Hall of Fame inductees, All-Americans and major award winners. Or take a moment to explore the various branches of the internet’s most complete coaching tree!

You can also follow your favorite teams here as well by selecting the appropriate division on our College Football Teams page or by locating your favorite professional team page. Team pages for all divisions of college football are available including NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and CIS (Canada). Also, independent team and club team pages are available including teams holding associate membership in the USCAA and NCCAA.


1908 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1979 member Vernon “Catfish” Smith was born. Smith played end for Georgia (1929-1931).

1929 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2000 member Darrell Mudra was born. Mudra’s first opportunity as a head coach came at Adams State (1959-1962) followed by a three-year stint at North Dakota State (1963-1965). Mudra’s only job as a professional head coach lasted just one season as he led the CFL’s Montreal Allouettes in 1966. He returned to the collegiate ranks for the remainder of his career starting at Arizona (1967-1968) and continuing with stops at Western Illinois (1969-1973) and Florida State (1974-1975). After two years without a head coaching position, Mudra returned as the head coach at Eastern Illinois (1978-1982) before wrapping up his career at Northern Iowa (1983-1987). Despite never spending more than five years at a single school during his career, Mudra still built a Hall of Fame resume with a career record of 200-81-4 as a college coach.

1965 – Current Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert was born. Lambert played defensive back for Kansas State (1983-1986). He then entered the coaching profession finally getting his first chance as a head coach after 23 years as an assistant when the Charlotte 49ers hired him to lead their startup program in 2011. The team took the field for the first time in 2013, and Lambert has been the program’s only coach to date.


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