Legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Legendary college football coach Howard Schnellenberger has passed away. He was 87.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He passed away on Saturday.

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“Howard always allowed me to be a part of his football life,” Beverlee Schnellenberger, who was married to Howard for 61-years, said in a statement released by Florida Atlantic University. “Watching him on the sidelines was an opportunity that gave us a special closeness – win or lose – that not many wives get. Even though he never smiled, he was always smiling in his heart. We loved all the moves and challenges. I will miss his warm heart, his warm hands, and soft kisses. Howard always treated me special, like a queen, and was truly a husband that every Canadian girl dreams of. You will always be my love, now and forever. I’m proud to be your wife. You were a great leader of men and the leader of our lives.”

The former Kentucky Wildcats player last coached with the Owls in 2011. He led Florida Atlantic from 2001 through 2011.

He also served as a head coach with the Oklahoma Sooners in 1995. He also led the Louisville Cardinals from 1985 through 1994.

Schnellenberger may best remembered for his tenure with the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes, where he coached from 1979 through 1983. He guided the Hurricanes to their 1983 National Championship.

He also led the Baltimore Colts as their head coach in 1973 and 1974.

His other college football stops include at his alma mater at Kentucky and with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Schnellenberger also coached in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and the Miami Dolphins.

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