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Buddy Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers -


On December 19, 2019, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that Buddy Parker was one of three former Steelers named as nominees for the Hall's special Centennial Class of 2020.

Parker served as a head coach of three teams in his professional football career, the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions, and finally the Steelers. He coached the Steelers for eight seasons from 195-64 and the team had a 51-47-6 record during his tenure.

Over his 23 years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative record of 143-129-9 and won three championships (1947, 1952 & 1953).

A special Blue-Ribbon Panel comprised of many members of the overall Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives and several leading historians scrutinized the merits of nearly 300 candidates nominated for consideration as part of the Hall's special Centennial Class of 2020. The group of nominees has been reduced to a list of finalists, of which Parker is one, that will be debated in a meeting in early January and voted on by the Blue-Ribbon Panel to elect the 15-member "Centennial Slate" to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Position Head Coach
College North Texas
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1944 Assistant Coach, Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers
1945-1948 Assistant Coach, Chicago Cardinals
1949 Head Coach, Chicago Cardinals
1950 Backfield Coach, Detroit Lions
1951-1956 Head Coach, Detroit Lions
1957-1964 Head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
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NFL Championship 1952, 1953