Dick LeBeau

Dick LeBeau

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Charles Richard “Dick” LeBeau (born September 9, 1937) is a National Football League Hall of Fame defensive back. He is currently the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator and is considered to be one of the greatest defensive coordinators of all time. He spent 14 years in the NFL as a player with the Detroit Lions and is in his 37th year as a coach. LeBeau created the "zone blitz" when he was defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals in the late 1980s.

On February 6, 2010, LeBeau was selected into the 2010 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In attendance was the entire 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers team.

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LeBeau attended Ohio State University playing for famed coach Woody Hayes, and was on the 1957 national championship team, playing at cornerback and halfback. Also in 1957, playing both sides of the ball, he scored two touchdowns as Ohio State came back to beat Michigan 31-14.

He was initially drafted in the fifth round in 1959 by the Cleveland Browns but was cut from their team, and was signed as a rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions. He spent his entire 14 year NFL career in Detroit and was teamed with NFL Hall of Fame players Dick "Night Train" Lane, Yale Lary, and Lem Barney as part of a Detroit secondary that was one of...
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