Ted Marchibroda Obituary

3/15/1931 - 1/16/2016|
All State Basketball Player 1949

Ted Marchibroda (AP Photo / Darron Cummings)
Ted Marchibroda (AP Photo / Darron Cummings)

Ted Marchibroda, former Colts head coach and broadcaster, has died according to the Associated Press. He was 84.

Marchibroda had two separate stints as head coach for the Colts, once while the team was in Baltimore from 1975 1979 and a second after the team had moved to Indianapolis from 1992 1995. He then returned to Baltimore and coached the Ravens from 1996 1998. He had an overall record of 87-98-1 with a record of 2-4 in the playoffs. His deepest playoff run came in 1995 when the colts lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Conference Championship.

Born in Franklin, Pennsylvania on March 15, 1931, Marchibroda was drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers as a quarterback in 1953. He served in U.S. Army then returned to the NFL for two further seasons with the Steelers and one with the Chicago Cardinals.

He found more success as a coach, working his way up the ranks with the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams. He guided the Baltimore Colts to the playoffs during his first three seasons as head coach. After his first stint with the Colts he served as an offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Buffalo Bills where he was instrumental in implementing the hurry-up offense with quarterback Jim Kelly known as the "K-gun."

After he retired from coaching, Marchibroda joined the Colts radio broadcast booth as a color commentator from 1999 to 2006.

"He had a proud history not just with the Colts, but also as a player, coach and broadcaster for over half a century with the NFL," said Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay. "Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on."

"R.I.P. & Let 'Er Rip. Ted Marchibroda, a Life-Changer, a Winner & a Champion all the way. Forever Proud to be ur QB," tweeted Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the University of Michigan and former Colts quarterback.

Other head coaches who served under Marchibroda include New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Marchibroda was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2000. The first head coach to receive the honor.

He is survived by his wife Ann, daughters Jodi and Lonni, and sons Ted Jr. and Robert.

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