Fred Bruney, American football player, Died at 84


Frederick Karl Bruney was born on December 30, 1931, died on January 22, 2016, in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

He was a college and professional American football defensive back.

Fred played as a halfback on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1950 to 1952.

Scoring 6 touchdowns for the Buckeyes in the 1952 season, but he was known primarily for his defensive play.

Mr. Bruney had 17 career blockings, that remains second in the Ohio State record book.

Fred Bruney was selected first-team All-Big Ten in 1952.

And drafted in the third round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Then, he ultimately played in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Los Angeles Rams.

In 1960, Fred had joined the Boston Patriots of the upstart American Football League.

Fred when on playing there for three seasons and was a two-time AFL All-Star selection.

Mr. Bruney received a job as the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for the last game of the 1985 NFL season after former coach Marion Campbell was let go with one game remaining in the season.

Within that same game was a 37-35 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Eagles’ 37 points in Week 16 was the most they had scored in a game in over 4 years.

Fred had been replaced by Buddy Ryan for the 1986 season.

Mr. Fred Bruney served as an assistant coach throughout his long NFL career with the Eagles, Falcons, Buccaneers, Giants and Colts.

Fred Bruney passed away at 84 yrs old.