ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Renowned, long time football coach, Bill Arnsparger, passed away peacefully in his home in Athens, Alabama July 17th. He was 88 years old.
Arnsparger was best known as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He was the mastermind behind the No Name Defense that helped lead the Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl and undefeated season in 1972. Ten years later, he designed the successful Killer Bees defense.
Throughout his career, he coached in six Super Bowl Games, two NFL Championship Games, and two Sugar Bowl games. His career spanned many decades. His first year coaching was in 1949 with Woody Hayes at Miami University in Ohio. His last season of coaching was with Marty Schottenheimer in 2002 for the San Diego Chargers. Arnsparger spent nearly fifty years in professional and collegiate coaching as well as athletic administration.
He coached for the following teams: Miami University, Ohio; Ohio State University; University of Kentucky; Tulane University; Baltimore Colts; Miami Dolphins; New York Giants; Louisiana State University; San Diego Chargers; Cornell University and Washington Redskins. He was also athletic director for the University of Florida. Arnsparger also served in the Marine Corps in World War II.
Funeral services will be held in his hometown of Paris, Kentucky. Arrangements are to be determined
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