Football coaches on the United States (USA) Postage Stamps

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Legendary Football Coaches Collectible Stamps

Legendary Football coaches commemorative postage stamps.

The set of four commemorative stamps (scott catalog #  3143-46 ) honoring football coaches was issued by the USA postal service on 25th July 1997 at Canton, Ohio, home of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

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Sheet of twenty (20) stamps features four images of football coaches: Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Vince Lombardi, George Halas

USA Football Coaches stamps

Pop Warner

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Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner was born in Springville, New York in 1871. Although he received a degree in law from Cornell University in 1894, he decided to concentrate on coaching football instead. In his long career Warner coached teams at Georgia (1895-96), Cornell (1897-98, 1904-06), Carlisle (PA) Indian Industrial School (1899-1903, 1907-14), Pittsburgh (1915-23), Stanford (1924-32), and Temple (1933-39). He was advisory coach at San Jose (CA) State College from 1940 to 1945, when he retired. Pop Warner introduced such innovations as the single- and double-wing formations, the rolling body block, the spiral punt, blocking dummies, headgear and much more. He coached 47 All-America players, including Ernie Nevers and Jim Thorpe. Warner died in 1954. This stamp honoring Pop Warner is issued in conjunction with stamps honoring Vince Lombard!, Bear Bryant and George Halas. The stamps are issued both in commemorative panes featuring the individual coaches and in a setenant pane featuring all four coaches. The Pop Warner sheet is issued August 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is available exclusively in Pennsylvania and through mail order; it bears a red bar over his name. The setenant pane is issued at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 25 as part of the Hall’s annual induction weekend celebration in Canton, Ohio.

George Stanley Halas

George Stanley Halas was born in Chicago in 1895, and graduated in 1918 from the University of Illinois, where he starred in football and baseball. He played for the New York Yankees in 1919 until he was injured. In 1920 he founded the Decatur Staleys (renamed the Chicago Bears in 1922) and helped found the National Football League. “Papa Bear” Halas did much to popularize the game throughout the country, and transformed football strategy by inventing the “T-formation.” From 1922 to his retirement in 1968, he coached the Bears for 40 seasons and won six NFL titles with such players as Red Grange, Sid Luckman and Gale Sayers. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1963, Halas died in 1983. This stamp honoring George Halas is issued in conjunction with stamps honoring Pop Warner, Bear Bryant and Vince Lombardi. The stamps are issued both in commemorative panes featuring the individual coaches and in a setenant pane featuring all four coaches. The George Halas sheet is issued August 16 in Chicago, and is available exclusively in Illinois and through mail order; it bears a red bar over his name. The setenant pane is issued at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 25 as part of the Hall’s annual induction weekend celebration in Canton, Ohio.