Dan Radakovich (American football)

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Dan Radakovich
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born Duquesne, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957-1969
1970
1971
1972-1973
1974-1977
1978
1979-1981
1982
1983
1984
1985-1988
1989-1990
1994
1995
1997
1996-2007
Penn State (asst)
Cincinnati (asst)
Pittsburgh Steelers (DL)
Colorado (DC/LB)
Pittsburgh Steelers (OL)
San Francisco 49ers (DC/LB)
Los Angeles Rams (OL)
NC State (asst)
Denver Broncos (OL)
Minnesota Vikings (OL)
NY Jets (LB)
Cleveland Browns (DC/LB)
Robert Morris (asst)
St. Louis Rams (OL)
London Monarchs (asst)
Robert Morris (asst)

Dan Radakovich (born 1935)[1] is a former NFL football player and later an offensive line coach who helped coach the Pittsburgh Steelers to multiple Super Bowl wins in the 1970s. He spent 48 years in collegiate and professional coaching before his retirement in 2008.

Radakovich graduated from Penn State in 1957, and immediately began working on the coaching staff of the Nittany Lions, which he continued until 1969. He went Cincinnati in 1970, but joined the Steelers in 1971.

Described as "lean, and blond, a center in his playing days",[2] Radakovich was "a Western Pennsylvania guy who had been on Noll's staff in 1971 but resigned to take a coaching job in college football".[3] Radakovich subsequently returned to working with professional football, where he helped persuade Chuck Noll to draft Franco Harris out of Penn State.

After a stint in Colorado, he coached the Steelers offensive line from 1974-1977. In 1978, Radakovich left Pittsburgh to work on the coaching staff of the San Francisco 49ers, then switched to the Los Angeles Rams in 1979. His last position was as an assistant with Robert Morris University.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radakovich, coach at college and NFL levels, retires after 48 years", ESPN.com, Apr. 25, 2008
  2. ^ Arthur J. Rooney Jr., Ruanaidh: The Story of Art Rooney and His Clan (2008), p. 317.
  3. ^ Arthur J. Rooney Jr., Ruanaidh: The Story of Art Rooney and His Clan (2008), p. 316.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Adolph
Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator
1989
Succeeded by
Jim Vechiarella