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Former NFL player, coach Bill Austin dies at 84


Bill Austin, who played for the Giants and was a head coach of the Steelers and the Redskins, has died at the age of 84.

“Bill Austin was a great contributor to the growth of the National Football League as both a Pro Bowl lineman and coach,” Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement. “He was highly recommended for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coaching job by Vince Lombardi, who Austin served as the line coach for in Green Bay and Washington. Austin was an excellent person when he coached for Pittsburgh and our condolences go out to his family. He will be missed.”

Austin was chosen by the Giants in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL draft and played for them in 1957. He then embarked on a long coaching career that started as an assistant for the Packers. He was head coach of the Steelers from 1966 to 1968, and of the Redskins in 1970. He coached for three decades in all, finally retiring after the 1985 season, when he was offensive line coach of the Jets.

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7 Responses to “Former NFL player, coach Bill Austin dies at 84”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    A longer, better life than Steve Earle’s “Billy Austin”.

  2. blackngold4life says: May 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    RIP from #SteelerNation

  3. seaeagle707 says: May 30, 2013 9:45 PM

    I’m assuming that he might have gone to Korea, before getting the chance to play? Eight years is a long time between draft and actual playing. I didn’t know of him, but he sounds like a great individual. R.I.P.

  4. mazblast says: May 30, 2013 10:40 PM

    He coached three years of a truly awful Steelers team and was the guy the Rooneys fired before they hired Chuck Noll. Good player, good assistant, but a Peter Principle example as a head coach.

  5. 13arod says: May 30, 2013 10:53 PM

    rip steeler fan

  6. navyeoddavee9 says: May 30, 2013 11:36 PM


  7. bobzilla1001 says: May 30, 2013 11:48 PM

    I wonder whatever became of Austin’s quarterback with the Steelers, Kent Nix? Those bleak and hopeless days seem like a hundred years ago.

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