With the announcement of Marc Trestman as newest head coach of the Chicago Bears, TGR decided to look into former Jewish NFL coaches. We were able to identify 3 others (apparently only wikipedia has tackled this topic).
From 1961 to 1969 the New York (FOOTBALL) Giants were led by Allie Sherman. Sherman was NFL Coach of the Year in '61 and '62 finishing his NFL coaching career with a 63-59-4 record.
Sid Gillman, a legendary player in his own right, held two head coaching jobs. In 1970 and 1971 Gillman coached the San Diego Chargers and in 1973 and 1974 he ran the Houston Oilers.
Finally, the most famous coach was Marv Levy who coached the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978 to 1982 and most notably the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to 1997 losing four consecutive Super Bowls.
Trestman joins a short list but a well accomplished list. Here is hoping to success and a Bears Super Bowl!
And Let Us Say...Amen.
- Rabbi Jeremy Fine