PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Phil Krueger, who assisted make a dominant protection as an assistant for 1967 countrywide champion Southern California and later on turned part of the 1st coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers record, has died. He was ninety.
Krueger died Monday at his home, his spouse and children claimed.
Qualified in all phases of the sport, Krueger coached offense, protection and specific groups through extra than a few decades in the NFL and college or university. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State, going 31-22, and an assistant at Illinois.
Krueger moved from the area to Tampa Bay’s front business and expended ten yrs as an executive, regarded for his talent in negotiating contracts. He was hired as the Buccaneers’ 1st normal manager in 1991 — prior to that, the team’s coaches created the participant choices.
Krueger labored less than famed head coach John McKay at USC and Tampa Bay. Krueger’s fellow assistant at both sites was future a few-time Super Bowl champion Joe Gibbs.
Gibbs and Krueger were being hotel roommates when Southern Cal played on the road.
“I have a great deal of fantastic reminiscences from getting on the same coaching staff with Phil,” Gibbs claimed this week. “He was quite bright. A sharp man with a fantastic feeling of humor. He was a single of people guys that you often loved getting all over.”
Krueger’s job route was established early on when he switched from grammar to the gridiron. He was educating English at a significant faculty in Arizona when he took over the soccer system, and later on landed a occupation as an assistant coach at Prolonged Beach front Metropolis Faculty.
Krueger was a defensive assistant at USC from 1966 to 1970. In 1967, the Trojans went ten-1 — holding 7 opponents to 7 factors or much less — and won the countrywide title.
“My most loved coach of all time,” former Southern Cal and longtime NFL linebacker Charlie Weaver claimed Saturday from his home in Fresno, California. “He recruited me out of junior college or university and I could not wait around to get to USC to participate in less than the tutelage of Mentor Krueger.”
In 1970, Weaver, Krueger and the Trojans were being part of a single of most substantial college or university soccer games ever. A completely integrated USC squad went to Birmingham and conquer Bear Bryant’s all-white Alabama team 42-21 in a matchup not almost as near as the remaining score indicated.
“Mentor Krueger experienced us ready to participate in. It was a beatdown,” Weaver recalled.
Part of the vaunted “Wild Bunch” defensive front at USC, Weaver claimed he stayed in near contact with Krueger after their college or university times.
“We spoke at the very least after a calendar year,” Weaver claimed. “What a fantastic gentleman.”
Krueger joined McKay in 1976 with the expansion Buccaneers as an offensive backfield assistant, and they endured an -14 season. Krueger was coaching linebackers the next calendar year when the Bucs began out -12 prior to finishing with two wins, together with a victory over St. Louis in the remaining sport.
Gibbs was on that Cardinals staff and was allow go after the season. Krueger assisted pave Gibbs’ go to Tampa Bay.
Krueger labored on specific groups when the Bucs created their 1st playoff physical appearance, reaching the NFC title sport in the 1979 season, and turned an assistant to proprietor Hugh Culverhouse in 1981.
Krueger still left the Bucs after a single season as GM, but he didn’t give up soccer. Right after shifting to South Florida to be close to his daughter, Krueger expended a few yrs as a marketing consultant to a professional team in Tokyo, the Kajima Deers.
Born in LaSalle, Illinois, Krueger grew up in St. Louis and played soccer at Southeast Missouri State. He was a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War and earning the Bronze Star.
“Phil Krueger was tricky.. the explanation I could not get a date in significant faculty (that is my story),” daughter Kristi Krueger, a longtime anchor at WPLG-Television set in Miami, posted on Fb. “But my friends cherished ‘Big Phil’ and he cherished them. Dad was a good author and the explanation I enjoy poetry.”
Krueger is survived by his spouse of fifty nine yrs, Kathy, daughter Kristi and two grandchildren. The spouse and children asked that any donations be created in Krueger’s identify to the Alzheimer’s Association.