Dan Radakovich (American football) is confirmed dead at the age of 84.
Dan was best known as a American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers).
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Dan Radakovich
Biographical details
BornDuquesne, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1969Penn State (assistant)
1970Cincinnati (assistant)
1971Pittsburgh Steelers (DL)
1972–1973Colorado (DC/LB)
1974–1977Pittsburgh Steelers (LB)
1978San Francisco 49ers (DC/LB)
1979–1981Los Angeles Rams (LB)
1982NC State (assistant)
1983Denver Broncos (LB)
1984Minnesota Vikings (LB)
1985–1988New York Jets (LB)
1989–1990Cleveland Browns (DC/LB)
1994Robert Morris (DC)
1995St. Louis Rams (LB)
1997London Monarchs (assistant)
1996–2007Robert Morris (DC)
Accomplishments and honors
Dan Radakovich (1935-2020) was an NFL football player and later an offensive line coach who helped coach the Pittsburgh Steelers to multiple Super Bowl wins in the 1970s. He spent 48 years in collegiate and professional coaching before his retirement in 2008.
Radakovich graduated from Penn State in 1957, and immediately began working on the coaching staff of the Nittany Lions, which he continued until 1969. He went Cincinnati in 1970, but joined the Steelers in 1971.
Described as "lean, and blond, a center in his playing days", Radakovich was "a Western Pennsylvania guy who had been on Noll's staff in 1971 but resigned to take a coaching job in college football". Radakovich subsequently returned to working with professional football, where he helped persuade Chuck Noll to draft Franco Harris out of Penn State.
After a stint in Colorado, he coached the Steelers linebackers from 1974-1977. In 1978, Radakovich left Pittsburgh to work on the coaching staff of the San Francisco 49ers, then switched to the Los Angeles Rams in 1979. His last position was as an assistant with Robert Morris University.
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