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Frederick Pagac (born April 26, 1952) is a former American football tight end and is the outside linebackers coach of the National Football League (NFL) Denver Broncos. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 1974. He played college football at Ohio State.

Fred Pagac
Position:Linebackers coach
Personal information
Born: (1952-04-26) April 26, 1952 (age 67)
Brownsville, Pennsylvania
Career information
College:Ohio State
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:94
Player stats at

Pagac also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has been a coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.

Playing careerEdit

Pagac was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 1974. He played one season for the team, making six receptions for 79 yards. After not playing in 1975 Pagac played for the expansion team Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976. He finished the season recording two receptions.

Coaching careerEdit

Pagac became a coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1978 and coached there until 2000. Pagac began his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant under legendary Head Coach Woody Hayes from 1978 to 1981, he also spent time as the team's linebackers coach from 1982 to 1995, defensive coordinator from 1996 to 1999, and assistant head coach in 2000.[1] Pagac was a 1998 finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach.

In 2001, Pagac was hired by the Oakland Raiders to be the team's linebacker coach, and was there until 2003. From 2004 to 2005 he was the linebackers coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2006 the Minnesota Vikings hired him.[1]

On November 22, 2010, Pagac was named interim defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, replacing Leslie Frazier who was promoted to interim head coach after the mid-season replacement of Brad Childress. On January 19, 2011, the interim title was removed and Pagac was named the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.

On January 15, 2012, he was removed as defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings but remained with the team, returning to his former position as linebackers coach.

On February 7, 2016, Pagae was part of the Broncos coaching staff that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[2]


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  2. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 31, 2017.