Dick LeBeau

Charles Richard " Dick" LeBeau ( born September 9, 1937 in London, Ohio) is an American professional American football coach. After a successful career as a player in the National Football League ( NFL) since 1973, he is coach of various NFL teams, current defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Playing career

After high school, LeBeau played for the Ohio State University, both in defense and in offense, on the positions cornerback and halfback.

In 1959 he was selected in the 5th round of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, but moved in the same year as a free agent with the Detroit Lions, where he spent his entire NFL career as a player until 1972. He denied at this time 185 games, including 171 in a row, what is the NFL record for cornerbacks to date ( August 2013 ). During his playing career, he participated three times in the Pro Bowl.

2010 Dick LeBeau was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

As early as 1973, a year after the end of his playing career, Dick LeBeau began his coaching career.

His positions as coaches were:

As defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau developed the Bengals late 80s the zone flash, a Defense Strategy, which he perfected in the 90's in Pittsburgh and what made ​​the Steelers Defense one of the best in the NFL. The great success of the Steelers in recent years (Super Bowl Champions in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII, AFC Champion 2010 ) are often attributed to him and his defense work.

2008 LeBeau was selected by the U.S. Sports Journal The Sporting News for the defensive coordinator of the Year.

"Dick LeBeau is arguably the best ever to coach defense. Hey ... has done it on a consistent basis examined over a long period of time. "

Private life

Dick LeBeau is married, he and his wife Nancy have a son.