Fred Bruney

Fred Bruney
No. 12 (Ohio State), 45, 41, 22, 38, 33
Position: Defensive Back
Personal information
Born: (1931-12-30)December 30, 1931
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Died: January 22, 2016(2016-01-22) (aged 84)
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 3 / Pick: 35
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Frederick Karl Bruney (December 30, 1931 – January 22, 2016) was an American college and professional American football defensive back.

College career

Bruney played halfback on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1950 to 1952. He scored six touchdowns for the Buckeyes in the 1952 season, but he was known primarily for his defensive play. He had 17 career interceptions, which remains second in the Ohio State record book. Bruney was selected first-team All-Big Ten in 1952.

Professional career

Bruney was drafted in the third round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He ultimately played in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Los Angeles Rams. In 1960 he joined the Boston Patriots of the upstart American Football League. He played there for three seasons and was a two-time AFL All-Star selection.

Coaching career

Bruney was appointed the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for the last game of the 1985 NFL season after former coach Marion Campbell was let go with one game remaining in the season. That game was a 37-35 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles' 37 points in Week 16 was the most they had scored in a game in over 4 years. Bruney was replaced by Buddy Ryan for the 1986 season. Bruney served as an assistant coach throughout his long NFL career with the Eagles, Falcons, Buccaneers, Giants and Colts.[1] He retired from the NFL after the 1997 season, at the time he held the longest tenure as a player and coach in Pro Football. Bruney died in Sandy Springs, Georgia on January 22, 2016.[2]

Head coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
PHI1985 1001.0004th in NFC East----
PHI Total1001.00000.000

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