Charlie Sumner

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Charlie Sumner
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-10-19) October 19, 1930 (age 84)
Place of birth Radford, Virginia
Career information
Position(s) Safety
College William and Mary
NFL Draft 1954 / Round 22 / Pick 258
Stats
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1955–1960
1961–1962
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1963–1968
1969–1972
1973–1978
1979–1984
1985
1986–1989
Oakland Raiders (DB)
Pittsburgh Steelers (DB)
New England Patriots (DC)
Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders DC)
Oakland Invaders (HC)
Los Angeles Raiders (DC)

Charles Edward "Charlie" Sumner (born October 19, 1930) is a former American football player who was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 22nd round of the 1954 NFL Draft. A 6'1", 194 lbs. safety from the College of William & Mary, Sumner played in eight National Football League (NFL) seasons, from 1955 to 1962. He later was an assistant coach in the NFL for many years, including three stints with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

Sumner's only head coaching stint was with the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1985. That year, he led the Invaders, a club that featured future NFL stars Anthony Carter, Bobby Hebert, Ray Bentley and Gary Plummer, to the USFL Championship Game. The 1985 USFL Championship game was the last game the league ever played. The Invaders lost to the Baltimore Stars, 28–24, at Giants Stadium.

Sumner was born in Radford, Virginia. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

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