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Legendary Eskimo Head Coach Frank 'Pop' Ivy dies

May 21, 2003 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Edmonton Eskimos News Release

Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Eskimo Football Club mourns the passing of former head coach Frank "Pop" Ivy who led the Eskimos to 3 consecutive Grey Cup victories (1954-'56) and a record of 50-14 in four seasons. Ivy died Saturday, May 17th in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 87.

Ivy was a star at the University of Oklahoma and named an All-American in 1939. He went to pro career in the NFL with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals. Following his playing career, Ivy returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach and helped the Sooners to a national championship in 1950. He joined the Esks in 1954 and coached a team that included the likes of Jackie Parker, Normie Kwong, Rollie Miles and Johnny Bright.

Ivy returned to the NFL in 1958 as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals and spent four seasons at the helm. He then moved on to the Houston Oilers of the old American Football League. Ivy have a lifetime record of 82-56 in 9 seasons. He later worked as an assistant coach and scout with the New York Giants before retiring in 1984. Frank Ivy is the only man to serve as head coach in the NFL. AFL and CFL.

Funeral services for Frank "Pop" Ivy are Wednesday, May 28th in Norman, Oklahoma.

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