Hank Bullough

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Hank Bullough
No. 67, 61
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1934-01-24) January 24, 1934 (age 81)
Place of birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan State (1951-1954)
NFL draft: 1955 / Round: 5 / Pick: 53
Career history
Green Bay Packers (1955, 1958)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 20
Games started: 0
Fumble recoveries: 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Coaching stats at pro-football-reference.com

Henry Charles "Hank" Bullough (born January 24, 1934) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football at Michigan State and graduated in 1954. Bullough was a starting guard for the Spartans team that won the 1954 Rose Bowl. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 53rd pick in the 5th round of the 1955 NFL Draft.

Coaching career[edit]

Bullough's first coaching position was at his alma mater, Michigan State, where he served for 11 seasons. In 1970, he became linebackers coach for the Baltimore Colts under head coach Don McCafferty.

As defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots in the 1970s[1] Bullough is credited, along with his college teammate Chuck Fairbanks, with being a significant figure in bringing the 3-4 defense to the NFL. After Fairbanks was suspended prior to the final game of the 1978 season, Bullough's and fellow assistant Ron Erhardt were named co-head coaches for the remainder of the season. After the season Patriots owner Billy Sullivan appointed Erhadt head coach instead of Bullough. Bullough would remain defensive coordinator for one more season with the Patriots.

In 1980, new Cincinnati Bengals head coach and former Green Bay Packers teammate, Forrest Gregg wooed Bullough to install the 3-4 defensive system in Cincinnati.[2] Two seasons later the Bengals would go to the Super Bowl where they fell just short against the San Francisco 49ers. While with the Bengals, Bullough also tutored Dick LeBeau who, not only would succeed Bullough as defensive coordinator but, is credited as the innovator of the 3-4 zone blitz scheme.

Bullough also served as defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers (1984) and as head coach of the Buffalo Bills (1985–86). He was named the head coach for the USFL's Pittsburgh Maulers for the 1985 season, but the team folded after the 1984 season. [2]


Bullough is considered the "God Father" of Michigan State football. He is married to his wife of 49 years Lou Ann Bullough and they have three kids together, Cheryl, Shane, and Chuck, and 9 grandchildren Corey, Kristi, Jake, Max, Riley, Byron, Holly, Chloe and Annika.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
None; First in franchise history
New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Fritz Shurmur
Preceded by
Howard Brinker
Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dick LeBeau
Preceded by
Don Lawrence
Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Herb Paterra