Mertes pictured in The Quax 1961, Drake yearbook
October 6, 1921|
|Died||January 17, 2002
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
|1946||Los Angeles Dons|
|1949||New York Giants|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1953–1954||Kansas State (backfield)|
|1965–1966||Denver Broncos (assistant)|
|1967–1984||Minnesota Vikings (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
Bernard James "Bus" Mertes (October 6, 1921 – January 17, 2002) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Iowa and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) and the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) with the Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles Dons, Baltimore Colts, and New York Giants. Mertes served as the head football coach at Bradley University from 1951 to 1952, at Kansas State University from 1955 to 1959, and at Drake University from 1960 to 1964, compiling a career college football coaching record of 50–63–1.
After leaving Kansas State following the 1959 season, Mertes became the 19th head football coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, serving for five seasons, from 1960 until 1964. His record at Drake was 27–19.
After leaving the Denver Broncos, Mertes joined Bud Grant's coaching staff on the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He coached the running backs and special teams, working with players such as Bill Brown, Dave Osborn, Ed Marinaro, Chuck Foreman, Ted Brown, Darrin Nelson, Greg Coleman, and Fred Cox. As an assistant with the Vikings from 1967 to 1984, he coached in four Super Bowls.
Head coaching record
|Bradley Braves (Missouri Valley Conference) (1951)|
|Bradley Braves (Independent) (1952)|
|Kansas State (Big Seven / Big Eight Conference) (1955–1957)|
|Drake Bulldogs (NCAA University Division independent) (1960–1964)|