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Francis Charles Polsfoot (April 19, 1927 – April 5, 1985) was an American football player and coach. He played professionally as an end in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Cardinals from 1950 to 1952 and the Washington Redskins in 1953. Polsfoot played college football at Washington State University and was drafted in the third round of the 1950 NFL Draft. He caught 57 passes in the 1951 season for the Chicago Cardinals and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

Fran Polsfoot
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Polsfoot on a 1951 Bowman football card
No. 41, 81, 82
Personal information
Born:(1927-04-19)April 19, 1927
Montesano, Washington
Died:April 5, 1985(1985-04-05) (aged 57)
Denver, Colorado
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Montesano (WA)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1950 / Round: 3 / Pick: 35
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:1,613
Receiving TDs:10

Polsfoot started his coaching career at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. In 1962, he returned to the NFL as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Cardinals.[1] Polsfoot later coached with the Houston Oilers, Cleveland Browns, and Denver Broncos. His NFL coaching career lasted over 20 years and he was an assistant coach for the Broncos in Super Bowl XII.

Polsfoot was also a high hurdle champion for Washington State.

Polsfoot was married to Mary Hesterman and had two children, Sally Baldwin and Thomas Polsfoot. He had a brother, Curtis Frederic Polsfoot, and a sister, Bea Polsfoot. Both Francis and Curt served in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. Polsfoot died on April 5, 1985 after suffering from brain cancer.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons (Wisconsin State College Conference) (1957–1961)
1957 Wisconsin–River Falls 6–2 4–1 2nd
1958 Wisconsin–River Falls 7–2 6–1 1st
1959 Wisconsin–River Falls 2–6–1 2–4–1 T–7th
1960 Wisconsin–River Falls 2–6–1 1–4–1 T–8th
1961 Wisconsin–River Falls 5–4 4–2 3rd
Wisconsin–River Falls: 22–20–2 17–12–2
Total: 22–20–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Former UW Star New Falls Mentor". The Herald Times. Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Associated Press. April 18, 1962. p. 7. Retrieved August 21, 2017 – via  .
  2. ^ "Briefly Noted". The San Bernardino Sun. San Bernardino, California. April 6, 1986. p. 38. Retrieved August 21, 2017 – via  .

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