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NOTE: The intent of the News Section is not to dwell on negative stories that are more suited to be found in the Police and Crime Section of your local newspaper, but to report and document stories that cover the entire realm of The World of Football. Chances are, you may not have seen some of these stories before.
(Obituary) January 12, 2019 - Bob Kuechenberg, who played guard in the NFL for 14 seasons, dies at the age of 71. Kuechenberg played college football at Notre Dame and was selected in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he did not want to sign with the Eagles so he played the 1969 season for the Chicago Owls of the Continental Football League. He then signed with the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and played for the team through 1983. Kuechenberg won back-to-back Super Bowls and was a member of the 1972 undefeated Dolphins team. He was known as one of the toughest players in the NFL, playing at different times with a broken back, broken ankle and a fractured forearm. He was named to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1995.
(Obituary) January 10, 2019 – John Michels, who played and coached in the CFL and the NFL, dies at the age of 87. Michels played college football at Tennessee and was selected in the 25th round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played guard for one season with the Eagles in 1953 before serving in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. Michels then played one season in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1957 where he played for head coach Bud Grant. Michels then joined the Blue Bombers coaching staff and when Bud Grant was hired by the NFL Minnesota Vikings in 1967, Michels joined the Vikings coaching staff as well. He coached offensive line and running backs in Minnesota for 27 seasons, from 1967-1993. Michels was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. He is also a member of the All-Time Cotton Bowl Team.
(Obituary) January 9, 2019 – Rick Forzano, a former head coach in college and in the NFL, dies at the age of 90. Forzano began his coaching career in college at Wooster College in Ohio in 1956. He was also an assistant coach at Kent State in 1957 and 1958 and at Navy from 1959-1963. He was also a head coach at Connecticut in 1964 and 1965 and Navy from 1969-1972. In the NFL, he spent time as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals before becoming the Detroit Lions head coach in 1974. He coached in Detroit in 1974 and 1975 before being fired four games into the 1976 season. While in Detroit he hired a young unknown coach named Bill Belichick, who would go on to lead the New England Patriots to five Super Bowl wins. (so far)
(College) January 7, 2019 – The #2 Clemson Tigers defeated the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 in the FBS College Football National Championship game, which was played in Atlanta. They are the first national champion to finish the season 15-0 since the 1897 Penn Quakers.
(Obituary) January 8, 2019 – Roy Hilton, a defensive end in the NFL for 11 seasons, dies at the age of 75. Hilton played college football at Jackson State and was drafted in the 15th round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. He was also selected that same year in the eighth round of the American Football League Draft by the Houston Oilers. He signed with the Colts and played in Baltimore for nine seasons, from 1965-1973. He helped lead the Colts to a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V. Hilton finished his playing career with the New York Giants in 1974 and the Atlanta Falcons in 1975.
(Obituary) January 6, 2019 – Kwamie Lassiter, who was a safety in the NFL for 10 seasons, dies of a heart attack while working out. He was 49 years old. Lassiter played college football at Butler County Community College and at Kansas. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals and played for the Cardinals for eight seasons, from 1995-2002. He also played for the San Diego Chargers in 2003 and the St. Louis Rams in 2004.
(College) January 5, 2019 – In the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) title game, the North Dakota State Bison defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles 38-24 and finished the season with a perfect 15-0 record. It was the seventh CFC title for the Bison in the last eight years, the most in FCS history. The game was played in Frisco, TX.
(Obituary) January 2, 2019 - Jim Margraff, the winningest head coach ever at Division III Johns Hopkins University, dies at the age of 58. The cause of death was not immediately given, but he did undergo open-heart surgery in 2005. Margraff was a record setting quarterback when he played at the school. He graduated in 1985 and became the head coach in 1990. He was still coaching the team this past season, losing in the semi-final round of the playoffs. Margraff posted a record of 221-89-3 in his 29 seasons at the school.
(Obituary) January 2, 2019 – George Welsh, a Hall of Fame coach in college football, dies at the age of 85. Welsh was a quarterback for Navy from 1953-1955. He then served in the Navy for eight years before getting into coaching. Welsh started out as an assistant coach at Penn State before becoming the head coach at Navy in 1973. He coached the Midshipmen for nine seasons, from 1973-1981. He then became the head coach at Virginia, where he coached from 1982-2000. His overall coaching record was 189-132-4 and be became the winningest head coach at both schools. Welsh was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.