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Paul Alexander (American football)

Paul Alexander (born February 12, 1960) is an American football coach. He was the offensive line coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1994 to 2017. He also served as an assistant coach for the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. In March 2019 he decided to join the Potsdam Royals as an offensive line consultant. [1][2][3]

Paul Alexander
Personal information
Born: (1960-02-12) February 12, 1960 (age 59)
Rochester, New York
Career information
High school:Greece (NY) Cardinal Mooney
College:Cortland
Career history
As coach:


Playing Career and EducationEdit

Paul Alexander, a Spencerport, N.Y., native earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education, with a minor in music, from SUNY Cortland in 1982. He played offensive tackle for the Red Dragons for three seasons from 1979-81[4]. Following his senior season he was selected as the college’s first-ever Academic All American, named by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In 1982 Alexander was awarded as SUNY Cortland’s Men’s Athletic Association Athlete of the Year.[5] In 1985 Alexander received a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from Penn State University. In 2012, Alexander was inducted into the C-Club Hall of Fame.[6] In 2018, Alexander was the Commencement Speaker and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from his alma mater, SUNY Cortland.[7]


Coaching CareerEdit

Paul Alexander, a 36 year veteran NFL and major college football coach began coaching at Penn State, then University of Michigan and Central Michigan as an assistant for Hall of Fame Head Coaches Joe Paterno, Bo Shembechler and Herb Deromedi while coaching in the Aloha, Fiesta, Rose and California Citrus Bowls. Alexander was the offensive line coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1994 to 2017. He also served as an assistant coach for the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. During his tenure, he coached Pro Bowlers: Richmond Webb, John Jackson, Willie Anderson, Andrew Whitworth, Jerry Fontenot, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Fredrick along with Pro Bowl alternates Levi Jones, Eric Steinbach, Kevin Zeitler and Jeff Fain. Alexander coached in NFL playoff experiences in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Alexander’s offensive line paved the way for two NFL rushing records by Bengal’s RB Corey Dillon. During his rookie season in 1997, Dillon rushed 39 times for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 41-14 win over the Tennessee Oilers breaking Jim Brown's NFL rookie single game record that had stood for 40 years. On October 22, 2000, Dillon set an NFL record for most yards rushed in one game (278 yards) against the Denver Broncos, breaking Walter Payton's single-game mark of 275 yards set on November 20, 1977.[18]

In 2015 Alexander was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in its article: “The Mozart behind the Bengals 6-0 record”.   In 2017, Pro Football Focus ranked his offensive line #1 statistically in pass protection over the 11 year life of their measure; also in 2017, he was once again recognized by Sports Illustrated as the top offensive line coach in the business and named to their “Dream Team Coaching Staff”.[19][20]

Alexander is credited for starting the first ever high school football camp devoted exclusively for linemen (Midwest Linemen Camp, Illinois Wesleyan, 1991 – current). He is also the creator of the Lev Sled, a blocking device manufactured by Rogers Athletic.[21][22]

2019 Alexander began consulting for ProCoach.Network and trained first round draft picks Jonah Williams (Alabama drafted by Bengals) and Andre Dillard (Washington State drafted by Eagles). Among his 2019 clients were the Potsdam Royals (Germany), Penn State University along with various college and high school football teams. Alexander is a regular guest on SiriusXM NFL Channel.[23][24]

Musician, Author and SpeakerEdit

In 2006, Alexander began piano lessons at the College Conservatory, University of Cincinnati along with his daughter as a father-daughter activity. The experience developed into Alexander becoming an accomplished pianist and author of the book “Perform … an NFL Coach Trains with a Concert Pianist” (a Journey for athletes, musicians, teachers and coaches) where he parallels the traits of elite performance between athletes and performing artists. In 2014, Alexander conducted Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik. Alexander speaks extensively on elite performance throughout North America and Europe.[25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35]

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ "SUNY Cortland's Commencement Ceremonies to Be Held - SUNY Cortland". www2.cortland.edu. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  8. ^ "Cowboys steal Paul Alexander from Bengals to coach vaunted offensive line". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  9. ^ "John Jackson Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  10. ^ "Richmond Webb Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
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  18. ^ "Corey Dillon Breaks Walter Payton's Record". www.nfl.info. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
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  23. ^ "Big Day For Big Guys". www.bengals.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  24. ^ "COUG ANDRE DILLARD TO EAGLES WITH THE No. 22 PICK IN NFL DRAFT!". Cougfan.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  25. ^ Bedard, Greg a. "LAY IT ON THE LINE". Vault. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  26. ^ "5 things to know about Cowboys OL coach Paul Alexander, from music interests to evaluating players with a ketchup bottle". Dallas News. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  27. ^ "SUNY Cortland Athletics - Paul Alexander - Class of 1982 - SUNY Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame - SUNY Cortland". www.cortlandreddragons.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
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  29. ^ "NFL Coach and Pianist to "Perform" Lecture and Concert - SUNY Cortland". www2.cortland.edu. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  30. ^ "Literacy Council | The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties | Page 2". Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  31. ^ "Keyed up". www.bengals.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  32. ^ "Football Spring Coaches Chalk Talk Set for March 29-30". Penn State University Athletics. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  33. ^ Kleinpeter, Jim. "Michael Irvin to speak at LSU football coaches clinic". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  34. ^ "Coach Paul Alexander – BAFCA". Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  35. ^ "Success in Performance | Saint Francis University". www.francis.edu. Retrieved 2019-11-13.