For­mer NFL, CFL coach Rust dead at age 90

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

OCEAN CITY, N.J. Rod Rust, who coached Hall of Fame de­fen­sive line­man “Mean” Joe Greene at North Texas and later served as de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor for the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ 1985 Su­per Bowl team, has died. He was 90.

The Pa­tri­ots an­nounced Rust’s death Wednes­day. He died Tues­day at his home in Ocean City, N.J., ac­cord­ing to fam­ily friend Bobby April.

Rust spent more than four decades as a foot­ball coach, mostly as a de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor in the NFL with Kansas City, New Eng­land, Pitts­burgh, the New York Gi­ants and At­lanta. He spent one sea­son as an NFL head coach with a Pa­tri­ots team that went 1-15 in 1990. He also held sev­eral coach­ing jobs in the CFL.

He be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer at the col­lege level, serv­ing as an as­sis­tant with New Mex­ico and Stan­ford in the early 1960s be­fore land­ing his first head-coach­ing job at North Texas in 1967. Rust moved to the CFL with Mon­treal in 1973 and took his first NFL job as lineback­ers coach with Philadel­phia in 1976 un­der head coach Dick Ver­meil.

Rust left the Ea­gles to be­come the Chiefs’ de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor in 1978, then took over the same post with the Pa­tri­ots in 1983. Three sea­sons later, he was part of the first Su­per Bowl team in Pa­tri­ots his­tory. That New Eng­land team had de­feated Dan Marino’s Dol­phins in the AFC ti­tle game in Mi­ami be­fore fall­ing to the Chicago Bears in Su­per Bowl 20 in New Or­leans.

Rod Rust

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