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John LeRoy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 – June 29, 1986) was an American professional football player who became a college and pro coach. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions as a safety and return specialist from 1951 to 1958 .
He led the league in interceptions in 1953 and tied for the league lead in 1957. Just like teams did on punt formations, opposing teams altered their passing patterns against Detroit. Many clubs had a standard rule when playing Detroit — don't throw in Christiansen's area, and don't punt to him.
Jack Christiansen, one of the best punt return specialists and pass defenders in Detroit Lions franchise history, passed away on June 29, 1986. According to Johnson, the 57-year-old Christiansen died three years after his initial prostate cancer diagnosis.
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Jack Christiansen. John LeRoy Christiansen Position: DB 6-1, 205lb (185cm, 92kg) Born: December 20, 1928 in Sublette, KS. Died: June 29, 1986 in Stanford, CA. College: Colorado St. College Coaching: View Records. High School: Odd Fellows Orphanage Hall of Fame: Inducted as Player in 1970
Christiansen went on to be the head football coach at Stanford University and with the San Francisco 49ers. He died in 1986; two years later Colorado State University named its new track facility “Jack Christiansen Track” in his honor. Other Accomplishments: Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1967) Pro Football Hall of Fame (1970)
September 30, 1963. On this day in The Bay, Jack Christiansen was named head coach of the 49ers after Red Hickey's resignation. Christiansen took command of the club in Week 4 of the 1963 season ...
Jack Christiansen was the first Colorado State University athlete voted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the second member of the Detroit Lions professional team to be selected. In 1967, he became the sixth member of the Hall of Fame chosen by a panel of sports writers and sportscasters.
Jack Leroy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 – June 29, 1986) was a football player and coach who put together an eight-year Hall of Fame playing career with Detroit Lions in the National Football League. Following his retirement, he served as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for nearly five...
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