Charlie Sumner

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Charlie Sumner
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-10-19)October 19, 1930
Place of birth Radford, Virginia
Date of death April 3, 2015(2015-04-03) (aged 84)
Place of death Maui, Hawaii
Career information
College William and Mary
NFL Draft 1954 / Round 22 / Pick 258
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1955–1960 Chicago Bears
1961–1962 Minnesota Vikings
Position(s) Safety
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1963–1968 Oakland Raiders (DB)
1969–1972 Pittsburgh Steelers (DB)
1973–1978 New England Patriots (DC)
1979–1984 Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders DC)
1985 Oakland Invaders (HC)
1986–1989 Los Angeles Raiders (DC)

Charles Edward "Charlie" Sumner (October 19, 1930 – April 3, 2015) was an 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. He died in Maui, Hawaii on April 6, 2015.[1]


  1. ^ Jerry McDonald: Former Raiders coach Charlie Sumner, architect of Super Bowl XVIII touchdown, dies in Maui at age 84. Obituary on, 6 April 2015, retrieved 7 April 2015.