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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.
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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.
Jack Christansen was the first player in NFL history to return two punts for touchdowns in one game. One day in retirement, Cleveland Browns end Mac Speedie was asked about Jack Christiansen, the Detroit Lions’ Hall of Fame defensive back of the 1950s.
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 ...
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)
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 Christiansen. Jack Christiansen was born December 20, 1928, in Sublette, Kansas. Christiansen attended Colorado State University with the plans of sprinting for the track team. The football coach convinced him to play his sophomore year and Christiansen became a star. The Detroit Lions drafted Christiansen in 1951.
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