Mel Phillips

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Mel Phillips
No. 32
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-01-06) January 6, 1942 (age 75)
Place of birth: Shelby, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina A&T
NFL Draft: 1966 / Round: 5 / Pick: 69
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Melvin Phillips (born January 6, 1942), is a former American professional football player who played his entire 12-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.


Phillips coached the defensive backs for the Detroit Lions from 1980-1984. He was an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins from 1985 to 2007. Originally hired by Don Shula, Phillips was retained in order by Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt, Nick Saban, and Cam Cameron.