Ted Marchibroda's Coaching Tree
Bill Belichick, Browns, Patriots
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Pat Hill Fresno State
Lindy Infante, Packers
Marvin Lewis, Bengals
Eric Mangini, Jets
Jim Schwartz, Lions
Vince Tobin, Cardinals
Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals, Titans
(Those who coached under the former Franklin great)
Ted Marchibroda, NFL Coach of the Year in 1975, starred in football and basketball at Franklin High School from 1946-1949.
High school stats for him are incomplete because they weren't big on individual stats back then. But he did produce some 200-yard passing games and plenty of heroics.
The 5-10 Marchibroda began his college career at St. Bonaventure, which later dropped football, and then transferred to Detroit.
He set passing and total offense records at St. Bona (1,577/1,693) and led the national in total offense (1,813 yards) his senior season at Detroit in 1952. He also set an NCAA single-game passing record vs. Tulsa, completing 27 of 54 throws for 390 yards.
Marchibroda was the Steelers' No. 1 draft pick and in 1956 led the NFL with 1,585 yards passing, completing 124 of 275 for 12 TDs. He also played for the Chicago Cardinals before an arm injury ended his career.
His coaching career began in 1961. He coached nine seasons at Washington under George Allen before lan ding his first head coaching job with the Baltimore Colts on Jan. 15, 1975.
The Colts were 2-12 in 1974, but Marchibroda guided them to a 10-4 mark in 1975. In fact, his first three seasons with the Colts were great: 31-11.
Marchibroda coached 12 years with the Colts in Baltimore and Indianapolis and with Baltimore again when they were the Ravens. His record was 87-98-1. In addition to Washington, he served as offensive coordinator with Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Buffalo.
He retired from coaching in 1998. Franklin's native son from the Third Ward died in 2016 at the age of 84.