Three future NFL Hall of Famers have passed through Lawrence, Kansas. John Riggins, Gayle Sayers, and Mike McCormack.
McCormack came to Kansas via Chicago, Illinois. While a Jayhawk, he should signs of what was going to transpire later as a pro. McCormack, played offensive tackle, one of the more less glamorous positions on the field. He was a captain, and participated in the East-West shrine game as a senior.
McCormack got drafted by the New York Yanks in round three with the 34th pick in the 1951 NFL Draft. After getting one year of play, McCormack had a two-year stint in the military. While away from the league, McCormack was part of a 15-player deal that sent him to Cleveland. With the Browns, he played in six Pro Bowls, and won two NFL championships. In the 1954 NFL Championship, McCormack stole the ball, setting up the Browns winning touchdown. He retired in 1962.
After playing, McCormack enjoyed a lengthy career in coaching and front offices around the league. He started as an assistant coach with Washington in 1965. This job lasted until 1972, when McCormack landed a head coaching job with Philadelphia. A 16-25 record cost him the job in three seasons. Afterwards, McCormack was an assistant again at Cincinnati, before head coaching jobs at Baltimore and Seattle. McCormack was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984. He came out of retirement to be the Carolina Panthers President and General manager in 1993. This post lasted until 1997 when he retired.
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