John Teerlinck

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John Teerlinck
Date of birth: (1951-04-09) April 9, 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth: Rochester, New York
Career information
Position(s): Defensive End
College: Western Illinois
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 5 / Pick 105
Organizations
As player:
1974-1977 San Diego Chargers
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

John Teerlinck (born 1951) is a former American football player. He now is a defensive linemen coach for the Indianapolis Colts.

John Teerlinck is widely regarded as the greatest defensive line coach of all time, with 27 years of NFL experience. Teerlinck has coached 32 playoff games, including six Championship games and four Superbowls. Teerlinck earned three Superbowls rings with two teams (Denver Broncos 1998, 1999 and Indianapolis Colts 2006).

As a pass rush specialist, Teerlinck coached 31 Pro Bowl players including four defensive MVPs: Michael Dean Perry, Chris Doleman, John Randle, and Dwight Freeney. Both Doleman and Randle have been enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. In 2010, Teerlinck became only the 9th assistant coach selected to present John Randle at the Hall of Fame Induction.[1]

With four different teams, John Teerlinck either set the record or came in second in total sacks, historically (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts).

In his tenure, Teerlinck coached seven players ( Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, John Randle, Bubba Baker, Neil Smith, Dwight Freeney, and Robert Mathis) to reach 100 career sacks, the ultimate benchmark for a defensive lineman.

While in college he studied Fred Dryer and employed those moves in his play, "We used to get New York Giants games at Western and I`d watch No. 89, Fred Dryer, and copy his moves", Teerlinck said.

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Coaching Career[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Teerlinck came under fire in 1996 amid allegations that he taught his players to aim for opposing quarterbacks' knees; the allegations were substantial enough that then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue summoned him to a meeting for a warning.[3]

Honors[edit]

Teerlinck has coached on three Super Bowl winners:
Denver Broncos: Super Bowl XXXII, Super Bowl XXXIII
Indianapolis Colts: Super Bowl XLI

Family[edit]

Teerlinck and his wife, Sue, have five children, Ann, Bill, Mark, Molly and Mary Jane.

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