The NFL world is saddened today by the news of the passing of former player and coach Ted Marchibroda.
Indianapolis Colts owner Carlie Irsay announced the sad news via Twitter. Marchibroda was 84 years old.
Renowned for his up-tempo offense as a coach, he is considered one of the innovators of the hurry-up offense that many teams still use to this day.
After being a 1953 first-round draft pick, fifth overall, by his home-state Pittsburgh Steelers, Marchibroda enjoyed a four-year playing career, finishing with the Chicago Cardinals in 1957.
As a coach, Marchibroda enjoyed immense success, with his first head coaching position coming with the Baltimore Colts in 1975. He is also known for giving New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick his first job in the NFL as a special assistant for the Colts.
Marchibroda then became the first ever coach of the Baltimore Ravens, and coached them for three seasons from 1996-1998. In total, Marchibroda posted a 87-98-1 record over his 12 years as a head coach.
Colts owner Jim Irsay released a statement shortly after Marchibroda's passing Saturday.
“We are extremely saddened and mourn the loss of Ted Marchibroda,” the statement read, via ESPN.com. “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. Ted was an innovator and turned the Colts into an instant playoff team when he took his first head coaching role in 1975. Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on. He was beloved by many, and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ann and their family.”
Truly a sad day for the sport. May he rest in peace.