Chuck Curtis, American football coach, Died at 80


Charles “Chuck” Curtis was born on July 15, 1935, and died on May 9, 2016.

HE was an American football coach.

Following his stellar collegiate career and a short stint with the NFL’s New York Giants, Curtis began his coaching career at the high school level, before serving as last head coach at the University of Texas at Arlington.

He played as a quarterback at Gainesville High School in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Texas Christian’s Abe Martin accepted him.

While he was at TCU, Chuck led the Horned Frogs to the 1955 Southwest Conference championship.

During the 1957 Cotton Bowl,he dashed two touchdown passes and ran for another TD to lead the Horned Frogs to a 28-27 win over Syracuse and standout running back Jim Brown.

The Garnering All-Southwest Conference honors in 1955 and 1956, Chuck was selected 85th overall by the defending champions, the New York Giants, in the 1957 NFL Draft.

He played backup quarterback for Charley Conerly Curtis did not see any action during the 1957 NFL season, yet as an aspiring coach it worked to his advantage.

Together with Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry were assistants on the Giants staff, and their system, he soon realized, far surpassed anything he had seen in four years at TCU.

He spent one season with the Giants, he returned to Texas in order to pursue a coaching career.

Chuck started at Holliday, he led the 1958 Eagles to an 8–2 record and barely missed the playoffs.

After a year Curtis moved to 2A Jacksboro, where he turned around a program in the dumps for 10 straight years and culminating in the state title in 1962.

Chuck Curtis passed away at 80 yrs old.