Brad Ecklund, former Cowboys asst coach, died Feb 6

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  1. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I just saw this:

    Brad Ecklund, former NFL player and coach

    Posted on Wed, Feb. 10, 2010
    By Claudia Vargas
    Inquirer Staff Writer

    Brad Ecklund, 87, of Vincentown, a former NCAA and NFL football player who coached the Eagles' offensive line in the 1970s, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Samaritan Hospice in Mount Holly.

    Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 225 pounds for most of his playing years, Mr. Ecklund combined power and endurance to become an offensive machine for the University of Oregon and in the NFL.

    When he graduated in 1949, he was offered pro football contracts by the NFL's Green Bay Packers and the All-America Football Conference's New York Yankees. Mr. Ecklund went for a higher salary with the Yankees.

    He stayed with the franchise, which became the Dallas Texans and then the Baltimore Colts, moving to the NFL. All were ranked among the worst teams in pro football history.

    After retiring as a player in 1953, Mr. Ecklund coached high school football in Portland, Ore., and at Oregon for two seasons before becoming an NFL assistant coach in 1960.

    He worked for the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints before joining the Eagles in 1971.



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  2. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I wish I had a list of all of our former Coaching Staff. I had never heard of him.

    Thanks Fred. RIP.
  3. fgoodwin

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    I don't know of an electronic source, but the annual Cowboys media guide lists all head coaches, assistant coaches and players (if ever on the active roster) from the beginning in 1960.

    It doesn't list scouts, and that's a list I'd really like to see, because we had at least one notable ex-player act as a scout for us in the early days. I'm aware of Bucko Kilroy, but there may have been others.
  4. k19

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  5. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Well-Known Member

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    I even commented in that thread and totally forgot about it -- thanx for the reminder!

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