George H Allen

George H Allen

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1963 Bears Defense

    The story of the 1963 Bears, Chicago's overlooked champions, begins at the end of the 1962 season.

    That year, the Bears won four of their last five games  including a 3-0 season finale against the Lions that many of the players recall as one of the toughest games they ever played.

    "After that game

    , and a handful of times in the offseason, Mike Ditka and I talked," Ed O'Bradovich recalled. "We said, 'We're good enough. We can win this thing.'"

    They had an abundance of young players who were hitting the sweet spots of their careers — Ditka and O'Bradovich, running back Ronnie Bull, center Mike Pyle, guard Roger Davis and defensive backs Roosevelt Taylor and Bennie McRae were among them.

    "We went to work in training camp," O'Bradovich said. "There was no fooling around. When a receiver would drop a ball, even in practice it was, 'Catch the damn ball!' We'd scream at them. We were dedicated because we knew that we could win."

    During the 1962 season, coach George Halas made the difficult but necessary decision to take away the defensive coordinator responsibilities from 70-year-old Clark Shaughnessy and give them to George Allen, then a brilliant young assistant on his staff.

    "It was like a breath of fresh air," defensive lineman Bob Kilcullen said. "It was one of the most important things that happened that year, George Allen simplifying the defense."

    Fifty years later, the players still have so many great stories to tell. And that's what they will be doing Sept. 15 when the Bears gather the members of the team for a golden anniversary reunion.

    Early in 2013.

    Members of the 1963 Bears are approached with an offer. Each member would be paid $3,000 to travel to Chicago, sign 400 pieces and appear at an autograph show March 22-23 that would be billed as a reunion.

    The deal is at least 18 players are needed to make it happen, and former fullback Ronnie Bull volunteers to help round up the gang. But he can get only 15 to commit and the event is canceled.

    Of the 42 players on the roster that year, 16 have passed away, including Hall of Fame middle linebacker Bill George and outside linebacker Larry Morris, the most valuable player of the 1963 title game.

    Of those who remain, many have serious health issues. A few are homebound. Some are in nursing homes.

    One starter from the team declines to come because he can't concentrate enough to sign his name. A number of them are suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's or some sort of cognitive problem.

    "It was the most depressing thing I've ever been through," Bull said.

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    The 1963 Bears defense turned out to be one of the most dominant in history.

    Allen, who would wind up in the Pro Football

     Hall of Fame, made many significant changes, deploying what he called a "Rub and Buzz" defense. Perhaps the most significant change was replacing George with cornerback J.C. Caroline on passing downs.

    Allen's son Bruce Allen, the general manager of the Redskins, was a ball boy on the 1963 Bears. "Dad was the innovator of the nickel, and the '63 season was the first season of the nickel defense," he said. "That changed football."

    The Bears held opponents to 9.6 points per game. Opponents threw only 353 times against them, yet the Bears had a league-leading 36 interceptions. They also limited opponents to a 34.8 passer rating (all NFL

     passers had a cumulative 68.4 passer rating that year) and a 46.5 completion percentage.

    "The Packers defense was good in those days," Ditka said. "I saw a pretty good one in Dallas. I saw a pretty good one with us in '85. I have seen some of the so-called great ones since. But I never saw one better than the '63 team. Maybe some were as good. None better."

    The coaching staff also changed the defensive signal caller that year, going from 13-year veteran George to outside linebacker Joe Fortunato.

    "Bill George got in an argument with Halas, told him 'I'm not calling the signals anymore,' " O'Bradovich said. "It might have been about Bill favoring Shaughnessy's way of calling signals. So Halas gave it to Joe Fortunato."

    There were other changes, too.

    Taylor, who led the NFL with nine interceptions, was allowed to blitz for the first time. Defensive tackle John Johnson recalls dropping off in zone blitzes while linebackers Fortunato or Morris would go after the quarterback

    . He said no other team in the league was doing it.

    O'Bradovich remembers aligning the defensive ends closer to the ball. Players were given more freedom through the use of defensive audibles.

    "We were doing a lot of things that nobody had done before," Richie Petitbon said. "We caught the league napping on some things. The credit has to go to George Allen on that."

    George and Fortunato were two of five All-Pros on that defense. The others were defensive end Doug Atkins, Petitbon and Taylor. The defense also featured three future Hall of Famers in George, Atkins and defensive tackle Stan Jones.

    The Packers thought 1963 was supposed to belong to them.

    Going into the season, they had won two straight championships and had beaten the Bears five straight times, including two games the previous year by a cumulative score of 87-7. Before the season, Halas declared that if the Bears were going to win it all, they needed to beat the Packers twice.

    In the season opener in Green

     Bay, defensive back J.C. Caroline got things started on the opening kickoff by leveling returner Herb Adderley.

    "I never saw a hit like it," Johnny Morris said. "The next day, the whole team watches special teams on film. When the film stopped, everybody in the room applauded him. I never saw players do that before or after."

    Later in the game, teammates said Ditka sent middle linebacker Ray Nitschke, the leader of the Packers defense, to the showers with a vicious crack-back block.

    "He had my attention because after one of the games my rookie year (1961) ... he said something," Ditka said. "He wanted to assert his authority and intimidate you. I was too stupid to be intimidated. We got in each other's face. Then in a preseason game in Milwaukee he knocked me out. So it didn't bother me one bit when he got hurt. It was a clean block, right around the hip."

    The Bears intercepted Bart Starr four times and prevailed 10-3. Halas would call it "the greatest team effort in the history of the Bears."

    "To get off to a start like that and beat the NFL champions in the opening game was a tremendous confidence builder," defensive back Larry Glueck said. "Wow, what a way to start the season."

    After the opening day loss, the Packers won nine straight before traveling to Chicago. In a pregame interview, Packers coach Vince Lombardi said the rematch was the biggest thing that happened to Chicago "since Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over the lantern."

    Starr would sit this one out with a broken hand, and the Bears would intercept his backups five times in a 26-7 victory. Jim Taylor, the NFL's reigning rushing champion, was held to 23 yards and the Bears offensive line of Herman Lee, Ted Karras, Pyle, Roger Davis and Wetoska dominated.

    On Nov. 22, the Bears were coming off the practice field when equipment manager Bill Martell delivered shocking news.

    President John Kennedy had been shot.

    No one knew if the Bears would be playing the Steelers in Pittsburgh in two days. Eventually, the decision was made by commissioner Pete Rozelle to play the game. But it would not be broadcast on television or radio. And it would be far from a normal game experience.

    "I remember vividly going to the game," Wetoska said. "Somebody had a portable radio up on the rack in the bus. We were just approaching the stadium to get off. They were giving a narrative of transferring Lee Harvey Oswald out of the jail he was in. All of a sudden, the guy says, 'Oh my God, he's been shot! He's been shot!" That was when Jack Ruby shot Oswald. Then the old man (Halas) went crazy. He said, 'You guys are supposed to be concentrating on the game!' He took the radio and smashed it on the floor. I remember it like it was yesterday."

    It was a somber atmosphere at Forbes Field. The usual rowdiness was missing. But it was emotional, highly emotional.

    "I was young," Johnny Morris said. "I really hadn't had anyone close to me who had passed away up to that point in my life. The killing of Kennedy affected me like it was a relative. I remember that. Mine was a heavy heart. I really didn't want to play, but you had to play."

    It was even more emotional for Ditka. It was his first time playing in Pittsburgh, near his hometown of Aliquippa. Many relatives had come to see him, some for the first time.

    The Bears could not afford to lose with the Packers only a half-game behind them in the standings.

    The Bears trailed 17-14 with five minutes left, and faced a second-and-36 after a tackle for a loss and a penalty. In the huddle, Wade told Ditka to run a corner route. Ditka, out of gas from the stress of the day and from catching six passes, begged off, telling Wade he would run a hook.

    Wade threw a short pass to Ditka. Steeler John Reger dove and missed. Then Myron Pottios, Glenn Glass and Clendon Thomas hit him at once and only Ditka emerged from the pile. He ran another 30 yards where Thomas finally caught up with him. Ditka dragged him another five yards to the 15-yard line.

    At the end of the 63-yard gain, Ditka lay on the field for several seconds face up and spread eagle.

    "Greatest run I ever saw," fullback Rick Casares said. "You had to kill him to get him down."

    "I had a great high school coach who said the joy in catching a pass is what you do afterward," Ditka said. "That was one of the first things I ever learned. I loved to run after a catch. They must have been bad tacklers. At the end of it, I was just exhausted. It all got to me."

    Three plays later, Roger Leclerc's field goal tied the score, and the game ended 17-17. If not for Ditka's run, the Bears would have likely lost and finished the regular season 1/2 a game behind the Packers — and out of the playoffs.

    On Dec. 29, the sun was shining in Chicago for the NFL championship game, and the temperatures were in the single digits. Some of the old Bears said it was the coldest game they ever played in.

    Wrigley Field was dressed up in red, white and blue bunting. The field was icy in spots even though hot air had been blown on the grass all week.

    The Giants came to town with six future Hall of Famers, including 1963 NFL MVP Y.A. Tittle. The quarterback had the finest season of his career, throwing 36 touchdown passes and leading the Giants to 32 points per game.

    The Bears would give Tittle the beating of his life.

    Larry Morris hit him in his knee twice, the second time knocking him out of the game. When Morris came to the sidelines, Halas hugged him, prompting an assistant to remark that was the first time he had seen Halas hug anyone.

    "We beat the crap out of that bald-headed (guy), but we couldn't put him away," O'Bradovich said.

    "Tittle came back for the last seven or eight minutes of the game," Johnson said. "It was the longest seven or eight minutes of my life."

    The Bears intercepted Tittle five times, with two of the interceptions setting up 1-yard touchdowns on quarterback sneaks.

    After Petitbon's interception in the end zone with 10 seconds left iced the 14-10 victory, Halas was near tears.

    "No game has meant this much to me since we beat Washington 73-0," Halas said at the time. "I've waited a long time."

    "Lombardi had become big time," Johnny Morris said. "To beat Lombardi in that '63 season and win the championship, that meant a lot to Halas. I think he felt Lombardi was stealing his thunder, and he got him back."

    Some of 1963 Bears say the 1965 Bears were more talented. Others thought the talent on the '56 Bears was superior.

    But the 1963 Bears were remarkable for the way they came together.

    They were a team for reasons that went well beyond the logos on their helmets.

    "If you compared football seasons to wars, that year was like World War II for us," Johnny Morris said. "The whole country was behind it, we had purpose. In subsequent wars, some people were for it, some were against it. We had no controversy about what we were doing. We were a team, together."

    Great Motivator` George Allen Dies

      George Allen, whose controversial coaching career included eight tumultuous seasons with the Bears and 12 winning seasons as a head coach in Los Angeles and Washington, died Monday at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. He was 72.

      Greg Allen, one of three surviving sons, said his father died of natural causes.

      Mike Tracy of the Palos Verdes Estates police department said Allen was alone in his home when his wife, Etty, returned in the early afternoon and discovered him dead in the kitchen.

      In an interview only last Thursday, Allen said he hadn`t been completely healthy since his Long Beach State team ended its season Nov. 17.

      Allen, whose last previous coaching jobs were with the Chicago Blitz and Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League in 1983 and 1984, came out of retirement during the season just ended to coach Long Beach State to a 6-5 record.

      Richie Petitbon, defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins who played safety for Allen with the Bears, Rams and Redskins and coached under him in Washington, said he saw Allen in the spring and he looked to be in tremendous physical condition.

      His basic philosophy was `us against them.` He was a great motivator. The players loved him, Petitbon said.

      During Allen`s 12 seasons as a National Football League head coach, he posted a record of 116 victories, 47 defeats and five ties. He never had a losing season in five years with the Rams and seven with the Redskins, both of whom fired him anyway. He took seven of his 12 teams into the playoffs and his 1972 Redskins into Super Bowl VII, in which they lost to Miami 14-7. He had the third-best winning percentage (71.2 percent) among NFL coaches with 100 or more wins.

      The thing that amazes me is that people don`t give credit where credit is due in life. He deserved a lot more credit than he ever got because he never had a losing team, said Bears coach Mike Ditka. It is a very tough game and a very tough sport. On every level he has ever been on, he was a winner.

      Edward Bennett Williams, the famed attorney who then was president of the Redskins, fired Allen in 1977, Williams said, because I gave him an unlimited budget and he exceeded it.

      Allen`s years with the Bears, during which he served the late George Hslas as defensive coach and personnel director, were marked by bickering and frequent disputes with fellow assistant coaches.

      But Allen, a classic worrier and workaholic, was a survivor. During the season he often would become so preoccupied he couldn`t remember whether he had eaten. He was tireless and his energy boundless, even in later years.

      As an assistant under Halas, Allen hauled a heavy briefcase home with him each night from Wrigley Field, where the Bears trained and played. To reach his stop in Deerfield, Allen had his choice of a fast train, which got him there in 42 minutes, or a slow train requiring an hour and five minutes. George took the slow train, providing more work time.

      They call me a Class A (personality). He was really a classic A, said Ditka. I mean, he was a go, go, go person. He didn`t get mad. He didn`t explode that way. But he was A. A hyper go, go, go, got-to-be-working, got-to- be-doing something, got-to-be-talking, got-to-be-motivating. He had to be involved in everything. That is not bad. I think we need more people that way.

      Allen was a fitness enthusiast, running in marathons, competing in bike-a-thons. He was chairman of the President`s Council For Physical Fitness under President Reagan.

      Allen authored 11 books on football.

      As personnel director of the Bears, Allen drafted successive rookies-of-the year, tight end Ditka in 1960 and running back Ron Bull in 1961. He also drafted Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers in the first round in 1965.

      Allen, a teetotaler, may not have been drinking buddies with his fellow coaches, but his defensive players loved him. After the Bears beat the New York Giants in Wrigley Field for the 1963 NFL title, they trotted jubilantly into their locker room.

      Then they sang a song to Allen on national television. It was a song that had been bequeathed to the Bears many years ago by the villainous Ed Sprinkle. As linebacker Joe Fortunato tossed Allen the game ball, the squad rose up to render its traditional victory anthem:

      Hooray for George, hooray at last; hooray for George, for he`s a horse`s ass.

      Allen had always aspired to be a head coach. He bolted the Bears in 1966 to become head coach of the Rams and Halas took him to court for breach of contract.

      After Halas was satisfied he had established the sanctity of a National Football League contract, Halas dropped the suit. As Allen arose to leave the courtroom, Halas said, Just a minute, George. Don`t forget to leave your playbook.

      Allen was believed to have actively sought the Bears` vacant head coaching job after Neill Armstrong was dismissed following the 1981 season, but Halas hired Ditka.

      Over the years, Allen became a master motivator, using all the devices at his command.

      Whoever said you don`t need to motivate a pro didn`t know how wrong he was, said Allen. ``You`ve got to motivate everybody, veterans and rookies alike.

      ``I like signs and other reminders. I have a sign on my desk that says,

      There is no such thing as too much positive thinking. ``

      When Allen first went to the Rams, recalls Jack Pardee, now coach of the Houston Oilers, he called a squad meeting and suggested that we ought to have a special yell, a team cheer. You could see the players looking around, thinking, `what`s with this turkey?` But that`s George Allen. His teams take on his personality.

      George Allen always looked the same. When he was in his early 60s and taking the Blitz through their paces on the practice field, Allen`s jaw jutted out like MacArthur at Bataan. He clenched his teeth like John Wayne at Fort Apache. He had been fired a total of four times by three NFL owners and he desperately wanted to vindicate himself by winning in a new league.

      I`ve always wanted to win, that`s what it`s all about, he said, chomping on his molars. If I hadn`t wanted to win, I wouldn`t even have gotten in on this thing. I would have gotten a job at Montgomery Ward instead.

      A native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Allen graduated from the University of Michigan in 1947 and earned a masters degree in physical education, writing his thesis under Bennie Oosterbaan. The title of his thesis was A Study of Outstanding Football Coaches` Attitudes and Practices in Scouting.

      Allen`s celebrated coaching career, which covered six decades, began in 1948 at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Allen became football coach at Whittier (Calif.) College in 1951 and, after a rocky start, posted a 32-22-5 record in six seasons. He became offensive coach with the L.A. Rams under the great innovator, Sid Gillman, in 1957 and in 1958 signed on with Halas and the Bears.

      He is survived by his wife, daughter Jennifer and sons George, Greg and Bruce.

      George Allen, Coach, Dead at 72; Led Redskins to Super Bowl VII

        George Allen, a hard-driving, slightly eccentric football coach who had a knack for making winners out of losing teams, died today at age 72.

        Greg Allen said his father had died at home of natural causes.

        Mr. Allen, who coached the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League and two teams with the now-defunct United States Football League, had ended a five-year retirement to coach at Long Beach State in December 1989.

        In an interview last Thursday, Mr. Allen admitted that he hadn't been completely healthy since his players drenched him with icewater to celebrate a season-ending victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.

        "We couldn't afford Gatorade," he said with a smile. Rewarding Season

        Mr. Allen said his season at Long Beach State was the most rewarding of hisentire career. His team had a 6-5 record; Long Beach was 4-8 the previous season.

        Mr. Allen ranks as the winningest coach in team history for both the Rams and the Redskins. His record was 49-17-4 with Los Angeles, a .742 percentage, and 67-30-1 with Washington, .691.

        Although he had excellent records in pro football, he never was able to produce an N.F.L. champion. The closest he came was with the Redskins in the 1972 season, when they lost, 14-7, to the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII.

        Mr. Allen was known for wild spending to build a winner and trading draft choices for veterans. The Redskins kept winning but he was dismissed after the 1977 season. The late Edward Bennett Williams, who owned the team, said, "George was given an unlimited budget -- and exceeded it." A Start in 1948

        Mr. Allen's celebrated coaching career, which covered six decades, began in 1948 at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. In his first year, the team had a 3-6 record. That was one of only three times he had a losing record, the other two coming at Whittier College in 1951 and 1954.

        He took over the struggling Rams in 1966 and led the team to a 8-6 record, their first winning season in eight years. The next year, the Rams finished first in the division with an 11-1-2 record, Mr. Allen's best single-season mark.

        Building the Redskins by trading away future draft choices for older players that other teams had given up on, Mr. Allen led the Redksins into the Super Bowl with an 11-3 regular-season record and playoff victories over Green Bay and Dallas.

        "I talked to Coach Allen a few weeks ago and he was just so excited about the winning season he had a Long Beach State," said the Houston Oilers' coach, Jack Pardee, who played under Mr. Allen as a linebacker with the Redskins. "Coach Allen always thrived on building something out of very little. And he was very excited about the continuing challenge that he had at Long Beach."

        Mr. Allen was constantly surrounded by controversy. After he was dismissed by the Redskins after the 1977 season, he was hired back by the Rams. But the Rams let him go him just two games into the 1978 exhibition schedule. He also had two winning seasons in the U.S.F.L. in the mid-1980's.

        His most recent pro coaching job was with the Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League in 1984, when he was 10-8. Mr. Allen also coached the Chicago Blitz of the U.S.F.L. in 1983, leading them to a 12-6 mark.

        He is survived by his wife, Etty; a daughter, and three sons.

        Did a Gatorade shower kill George Allen?

          FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND: Did a Gatorade shower lead to the death of a Hall of Fame football coach?

          After leading the New York Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XLVI earlier this year, head coach Tom Coughlin earned himself his second post-Super Bowl Gatorade shower (in the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory, it appeared to be water/melted ice while this time around it was purple Gatorade). While the Gatorade shower is a notable tradition for coaches who just won the big game (a tradition popularized by the New York Giants during the 1980s, although not one invented by the Giants, as I established in a Football Urban Legends Revealed here), there are concerns from some about an older coach like Coughlin (who is 65 years old) being doused with cold liquid in February.

          These concerns appeared to be justified with the 1990 death of Hall of Fame football coach George Allen, who allegedly died because of a Gatorade shower he received earlier that year.

          George Allen's acclaimed coaching career began in the late 1940s with a short stint at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He followed that with a longer stint at Whittier College in California. Both were small liberal arts schools, but Allen did a fine job with their football programs.

          In 1957, he was hired on to the staff of Sid Gilman on the Los Angeles Rams (Gilman is also in the Hall of Fame). Allen only lasted a year with the Rams. After being let go by the Rams, Allen found himself hired by George Halas, owner and head coach of the Chicago Bears. Halas hired Allen to gain insight into the Rams, who the Bears played twice in the 1958 season. Allen impressed Halas so much, though, that he hired Allen on to the Bears coaching staff full-time.

          When the Bears' long-time defensive coordinator Clark Shaughnessy retired in 1962, Allen took over the position and helped lead the Bears to the 1963 NFL championship. Allen's efforts were rewarded by the team, as the players awarded Allen with the game ball. During his time in Chicago, Allen also did the Bears' drafting for them and he did quite a job, drafting Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus.

          After the 1965 season, tired of waiting for Halas to retire (Halas had just won Coach of the Year in 1964, so it did not seem like he was leaving any time soon) Allen signed with the Rams to be their new head coach (Halas was not pleased. He actually sued Allen for breach of contract and won, but let Allen leave, saying he just wanted to prove a point).

          Allen put up a dominant 49-14-4 record in five seasons in Los Angeles, with the team winning their division in 1967 and 1969 and netting Allen the 1967 Coach of the Year Award. Allen had a contentious relationship with Rams owner Dan Reeves, though, and Allen actually fired Allen after the 1968 season! However, the players on the team fought Reeves on the issue and Reeves agreed to give Allen a new two-year contract. When that contract ended, though, Allen was once again let go by Reeves. This time Allen actually left.

          Allen took over the Washington Redskins and put up similarly dominant results, finishing a combined 67-30-1 in his seven seasons as Redskins' coach, including three straight division titles from 1972-1974, a 1972 Coach of the Year award and, most importantly, Allen's only career trip to the Super Bowl in 1972 (the Redskins lost to the undefeated Miami Dolphins - talk about poor timing).

          Eventually, Allen's intense coaching style wore out its welcome in Washington, as well, and when the Redskins missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, Allen was let go in 1977. Allen was re-hired by the Rams for the 1978 season, but Allen's intense coaching style did not go over as well with the current batch of Rams players, and after a disappointing preseason, Allen was let go before the 1978 season even began! Allen never coached in the NFL again.

          Allen worked as a NFL broadcaster for a number of years before giving coaching another shot during the 1980s with stints in the short-lived United States Football League (USFL) for two teams, the Chicago Blitz and the Arizona Wranglers. After another break, Allen returned to coaching in 1990 with Long Beach State. The school's football program, which had competed in Division I from 1955, had fallen into a bit of a state of disrepair, in part due to budget constraints. After three straight losing seasons, Allen led the Long Beach 49ers to a season-ending victory over the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on November 17, 1990 that secured them a winning season.

          Allen's team gave him a Gatorade shower (Allen noted that due to the budget issues, the team could not afford actual Gatorade, so it was just ice water). Six weeks later, Allen died. The story is most often told as "George Allen died from pneumonia that he caught from being doused with cold water and continuing to give interviews for a long time after the game."

          There are a few problems with that story. First of all, as your middle school science teacher could tell you, being doused with cold water during a cold day does not cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is caused by a virus. It is an urban legend in and of itself that getting wet during a cold day causes pneumonia (or the common cold, for that matter). It does not. So Allen could not have caught pneumonia from the Gatorade shower. That's the first notable problem with that story. The second problem? George Allen did not die from pneumonia. Allen died from ventricular fibrillation, a variation of a cardiac arrest. Allen had a heart arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat) and in late December 1990, Allen's heart began to quiver rather than contract properly. This led to his death. This was not caused by a Gatorade shower received more than a month earlier.

          Allen himself fed the story a bit by giving an interview soon before his death where he noted that he had had not felt well since the Gatorade shower. Allen's son, former Virginia Senator and Governor George Allen Jr. told Sam Borden of the New York Times, “He got a cold from it, but that was not the cause of his death. He had a heart arrhythmia. It had nothing to do with the Gatorade shower.”

          As noted earlier, though, you don't get a cold from exposure to cold water, but it is safe to say that Allen likely did, indeed, have a cold that followed his Gatorade shower. The cold , though, did not kill him (and, again, he did not get the cold from the Gatorade shower, as that is not how colds work). Long Beach State ended up resigning from Division I after one more season in 1991 (a losing season). George Allen was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

          The legend is...

          STATUS: False.

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