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.
Polsfoot on a 1951 Bowman football card
|No. 41, 81, 82|
|Born:||April 19, 1927|
|Died:||April 5, 1985 (aged 57)|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||203 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Montesano (WA)|
|NFL Draft:||1950 / Round: 3 / Pick: 35|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
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. 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.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons (Wisconsin State College Conference) (1957–1961)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
- "Former UW Star New Falls Mentor". The Herald Times. Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Associated Press. April 18, 1962. p. 7. Retrieved August 21, 2017 – via Newspapers.com .
- "Briefly Noted". The San Bernardino Sun. San Bernardino, California. April 6, 1986. p. 38. Retrieved August 21, 2017 – via Newspapers.com .
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro-Football-Reference
- Fran Polsfoot at Find a Grave
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