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Bob Brodhead

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Bob Brodhead December 20, 1936 – February 11, 1996 was an American gridiron football player, executive, and college athletics administrator He was the athletic director at Louisiana State University LSU from 1982 to 1987 He is also the author of Sacked! The Dark Side of Sports at Louisiana State University ISBN 0-9446790-0-5

Brodhead attended Duke University where he played quarterback on the Duke Blue Devils football team During that time he led the Blue Devils to the 1958 Orange Bowl and shared the quarterback position with Sonny Jurgensen

Brodhead was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1958 but went on active duty in the armed services before being able to join the Browns After his discharge, he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League CFL in 1959, as backup to Don Allard In 1960, he signed with the upstart Buffalo Bills of the fledgling American Football League AFL He played one season, in 1960, for the Bills, starting one game before having a brief stint with the CFLs' Edmonton Eskimos In 1961, he embarked on a career in minor league football with the Canton Bulldogs and Cleveland Bulldogs in the United Football League and then, in 1965 and 1966 with the Philadelphia Bulldogs of the Continental Football League He led the Bulldogs to the Continental Football League title in 1966 with a win over the Orlando Panthers, and then, at age 28, was named business manager of the Cleveland Browns

Brodhead was elected to the Minor League Football Hall of Fame for his career with the Canton/Cleveland/Philadelphia Bulldogs

Brodhead remained with the Browns until 1970, when he was named general manager of the Houston Oilers He later became the CFO of the Miami Dolphins before heading to LSU as athletic director AD in 1981 His tenure at LSU was highly successful on the field and controversial off the field

Brodhead hired baseball coach Skip Bertman, who revived the moribund program and took the Bayou Bengals to unprecedented heights, guiding LSU to five national championships 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 11 trips to the College World Series in 18 seasons 1984-2001 Bertman became LSU's athletic director upon his retirement from the diamond, remaining in the position through June 2008

In football, Brodhead controversially decided to fire popular coach Jerry Stovall, an All-American as a running back and safety at LSU in the early 1960s, following a 4-7 season in 1983 Brodhead replaced Stovall with Bill Arnsparger, the architect of the Miami Dolphins' "No-Name Defense" of the early 1970s Arnsparger went 26-8-3 in three seasons and coached LSU to the 1986 SEC championship and two Sugar Bowl berths

Another highly successful hire was that of women's basketball coach Sue Gunter, who stayed at LSU for 22 seasons, guiding the Lady Tigers to the NCAA tournament 14 times, including the Final Four in her final campaign of 2003-04

He later was a radio personality in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and for a time the AD at Southeastern Louisiana University in nearby Hammond

See alsoedit

  • List of American Football League players


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