July 5, 2005

Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram, wholed the Kansas City Chiefs to a stunning upset of the MinnesotaVikings in Super Bowl IV, died at his New Orleans home onMonday. He was 82.

Known for his creativity during a 17-year professionalcoaching career, Stram had been battling diabetes and acongestive heart problem, the Kansas City Star reported.

As coach of the Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs(1960-1974) and the New Orleans Saints (1976-1977), Stramcompiled a 131-97-10 regular-season record and was 5-3 in thepost-season.

Stram, who won the 1962, 1966 and 1969 American FootballLeague championships, was the only coach in AFL history to takeKansas to two Super Bowls.

The Chiefs lost 35-10 to the Green Bay Packers in SuperBowl I before stunning the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super BowlIV.

The Chiefs' victory over the Vikings helped givecredibility to the entire AFL.

Affectionately known as "The Mentor" by his players, Stramdevised the "two-tight end offense" that featured an extrablocker and the "stack defense," a formation that hadlinebackers stacked behind down linemen.

Stram was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in2003.