Red Dawson

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For the former Marshall University coach, see William "Red" Dawson.
Red Dawson
Lowell "Red" Dawson.jpg
Dawson pictured in The 1954 Owl, Pittsburgh yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1906-12-20)December 20, 1906
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died June 10, 1983(1983-06-10) (aged 76)
Ocala, Florida
Playing career
1929–1931 Tulane
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1932–1935 Minnesota (backfield)
1936–1941 Tulane
1942 Minnesota (assistant)
1946–1949 Buffalo Bills (AAFC)
1950 Michigan State (assistant)
1952–1954 Pittsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall 45–30–5 (college)
19–25–4 (AAFC)
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors
3 SoCon (as player, 1929, 1930, 1931)
1 SEC (1939)
All-Southern (as player, 1931)

Lowell Potter "Red" Dawson (December 20, 1906 – June 10, 1983) was an American football coach for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the Tulane Green Wave at the collegiate level and the AAFC's Buffalo Bills at the professional level. He learned the craft of football coaching at the University of Minnesota under Bernie Bierman, his former coach at Tulane. At Pitt he coached future Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt and won Pittsburgh's "Dapper Dan" sports award in 1952. Dawson's greatest successes as a coach, however, were with Tulane and Buffalo. His 1939 Tulane squad went through the season undefeated before a disappointing loss to Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl. In 1948 his Buffalo Bills team captured the AAFC Eastern Division title in a playoff against the Baltimore Colts, though they ultimately lost the AAFC Championship Game to the Cleveland Browns. Dawson's final won-loss record was 36–19–4 at Tulane, 9–11–1 at Pitt, and 19–25–4 at Buffalo.


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