Neill Armstrong

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Neill Armstrong

Neill Armstrong - 1948 Bowman.jpg

Armstrong on 1948 Bowman football card
No. 80
Position: Wide receiver, defensive back
Personal information
Born:(1926-03-09)March 9, 1926
Tishomingo, Oklahoma
Died: August 10, 2016(2016-08-10) (aged 90)
Trophy Club, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Tishomingo (OK)
College: Oklahoma A&M
NFL Draft: 1947  / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: NFL: 30–34 (.469)
CFL: 37–56–3 (.401)
Postseason: NFL: 0–1 (.000)
CFL: 0–3 (.000)
Career: NFL: 30–35 (.462)
CFL: 37–59–3 (.389)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Neill Ford Armstrong (March 9, 1926 August 10, 2016) was an American football player and coach whose career spanned more than four decades at both the college and professional levels. Notably, Armstrong served as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Member of the 1945 National Championship Oklahoma A&M Team.

American football Team field sport

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Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football League team

The Edmonton Eskimos are a professional Canadian football team based in Edmonton, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Eskimos play their home games at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium and are the third-youngest franchise in the CFL. The Eskimos were founded in 1949, although there were clubs with the name Edmonton Eskimos as early as 1895. The Eskimos are arguably the most successful CFL franchise of the modern era, having won the league's Grey Cup championship fourteen times, second overall only to the Toronto Argonauts who have won seventeen. This includes a three-peat between 1954 and 1956 and an unmatched five consecutive wins between 1978 and 1982, and most recently in 2015.

Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

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Playing career

Armstrong played college football at Oklahoma A & M from 1943 to 1946, and was chosen in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1947 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Playing both at wide receiver and defensive back, he helped the team capture the NFL championship in both 1948 and 1949. Armstrong concluded his playing career in the early 1950s playing for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

College football collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by student-athletes of American/Canadian colleges and universities

College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.

Oklahoma State University–Stillwater university in Oklahoma, United States of America

Oklahoma State University is a public land-grant and sun-grant research university in Stillwater, Oklahoma. OSU was founded in 1890 under the Morrill Act. Originally known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, it is the flagship institution of the Oklahoma State University System. Official enrollment for the fall 2010 semester system-wide was 35,073, with 23,459 students enrolled at OSU-Stillwater. Enrollment shows the Freshman class of 2012 was the largest on record with 4,298 students. OSU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with highest research activity.

The 1947 National Football League Draft was held on December 16, 1946, at the Commodore Hotel in New York City, New York.

Coaching career

In 1962, Armstrong's professional coaching career began when he was hired as an assistant coach with the Houston Oilers of the start-up American Football League (AFL). After serving two years in that capacity, he shifted back to Canada as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos. In his six years, the team reached the postseason three times.

American Football League Professional football league that merged with National Football League in 1970

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Armstrong was hired as an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings in 1970, and became an integral part of developing the team's dominating defense. After helping the team reach the postseason in all but one of the next eight years, he was hired as head coach of the Chicago Bears on February 16, 1978. In four years at the helm of the Bears, he was only able to compile a record of 30-35, with one playoff appearance in 1979. He was fired on January 3, 1982, but hired less than two months later as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. He spent the next eight seasons with the team before announcing his retirement on February 22, 1990. [1] He and Bud Grant hold the distinction of being the only two people to have both played and been a head coach in both the NFL and CFL. [2] He died in Trophy Club, Texas in 2016. [3]

Minnesota Vikings National Football League franchise in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The team competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) North division.

Chicago Bears National Football League franchise in Chicago, Illinois

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Dallas Cowboys National Football League franchise in Arlington, Texas

The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which opened for the 2009 season. The stadium took its current name prior to the 2013 season. The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. The team's national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive sell-outs. The Cowboys' streak of 190 consecutive sold-out regular and post-season games began in 2002. The franchise has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances in history, just behind the New England Patriots record eleven Super Bowl appearances. This has also corresponded to eight NFC championships, most in the NFC. The Cowboys have won five of those Super Bowl appearances, tying them with their NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers; both are second to Pittsburgh's and New England’s record six Super Bowl championships. The Cowboys are the only NFL team to record 20 straight winning seasons (1966–85), in which they missed the playoffs only twice.

Head coaching record

NFL

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
CHI 1978 790.4384th in NFC Central
CHI 1979 1060.6252nd in NFC Central 0 1 .000Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Wild-Card Game.
CHI 1980 790.4383rd in NFC Central
CHI 1981 6100.3755th in NFC Central
CHI Total 30 34 0 .469 0 1 .000
Total 30 34 0 .469 0 1 .000

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  2. Daniels, Rob. "Allan Houston among players on All-Space Team". ESPN.com, August 28, 2010. Retrieved on May 4, 2013.
  3. http://www.lucasfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Neill-Armstrong/#!/Obituary