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Lou Saban – October 13, 1921 – March 29, 2009

Lou Saban, the first coach of the newly formed Boston Patriots, died today at the age of 87. Mr. Saban played football at Indiana University and for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL before embarking on an unmatched head coaching career that included stops with the Boston Patriots of the AFL, the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, along with college jobs at Miami, Army, Northwestern and Maryland. And in a very strange job twist – he was President of the New York Yankees from 1981-1982.

The Patriots first season – 1960-1961 – was not a very successful one. They ended the season 5-9 and they were in last place in the AFL’s Eastern Division. There were 3 players on that team who later had their numbers retired by the Patriots. Gino Cappelletti (#20), Bob Dee (#89) and Jim Lee Hunt (#79). There were 8 teams that played that season and the season ended when the Houston Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in the inaugural AFL Championship game.

Mr. Saban left the Patriots at the end of the season for the Buffalo Bills whom he coached until the end of the 1965 season.


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