Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Ohio Moments

Ewbank began gridiron career at MU

On May 6, 1907, Wilbur Charles "Weeb" Ewbank - who made his name on the football fields of Ohio and became the only coach to win championships in both the NFL and AFL - was born in Richmond, Ind.

He played quarterback at Miami University in Oxford. After graduating in 1928, he became coach of all sports at Van Wert (Ohio) High School. In 1930, Ewbank returned to Miami as assistant coach and as head coach at McGuffey High, which MU ran.

In 1949, Ewbank became line coach of the Cleveland Browns. He was named head coach of the NFL Baltimore Colts in 1954, and beat the New York Giants in the 1958 and '59 title games. In 1968, he pulled off the biggest upset in Super Bowl history, when he guided the AFL New York Jets past the Colts. Ewbank was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978. He died in Oxford in 1998, age 91.

- Rebecca Goodman

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