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Phil Bengtson

Born: Jul 17, 1913

Death: Dec 18, 1994

Birthplace: Roseau

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Phil Bengtson

Date of Birth : Jul 17, 1913
Date of Death : Dec 18, 1994
Birth Place : Roseau

John Phillip Bengtson was an American football player and coach. He was a longtime assistant coach on in college football and the National Football League, chiefly remembered as the successor to Vince Lombardi as head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1968. Bengtson was a native of Roseau, Minnesota, and played tackle under Bernie Bierman at the University of Minnesota during the 1930s. In 1934, he earned All-America honors with the Golden Gophers, working in tandem with a player who went to coaching immortality: quarterback Bud Wilkinson. Bengtson took his first assistant coaching job at the University of Missouri in 1935, but soon returned to his alma mater as line coach, staying through the 1939 season. Beginning in 1940, he moved to Stanford University, where he served as an assistant coach for 12 years. Bengtson moved to the professional level in 1952 with the nearby San Francisco 49ers. In seven seasons with the Niners, Bengtson served under three head coaches: before being dismissed with Albert after the 1958 season. Soon after, he was one of the first four assistants hired in Lombardi's first week with the Packers in early February 1959.


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