Hank Stram, 1923-2005

Hank Stram, 1923-2005

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Hank Stram, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2003, passed away today at the age of 82.

 “We are all very saddened by the news of the passing of our longtime friend and Hall of Fame coach, Hank Stram,” commented Joe Horrigan, the Hall of Fame’s vice president-communications/exhibits.  “To his wife Phyllis and their sons Henry, Dale, Stu, and Gary, and their daughters Julia and Mary Nell, we offer our sincere condolences.   Hank was, and the memory of his life and accomplishments will always be, an inspiration to us all. “

Known as one of the great innovative coaches, he accumulated 136 career victories in 17 seasons as a head coach in the pro ranks.  Stram guided the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs franchise from 1960 to 1974.  He led the team to three AFL championships and a dominating 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.  He finished his career with two final seasons with the New Orleans Saints in 1976-1977.

Stram was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on January 25, 2003 and formally enshrined on August 3 of that year.  The other members of the Class of 2003 included Marcus Allen, Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, and James Lofton.

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