Former New Orleans Saints coach Dick Stanfel died earlier this week after a long illness. He was 87.
The Chicago Tribune reported Stanfel died Monday in Libertyville, Illinois. The Bears announced his passing Thursday.
Stanfel was New Orleans’ offensive line coach from 1976-80. He was interim head coach of the Saints for the final four games of the 1980 season after Dick Nolan was fired following a 27-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Saints went 1-3 under Stanfel, finishing the season 1-15. Stanfel was the seventh coach in team history.
He joined the Chicago Bears as an offensive line coach in 1981; he won a Super Bowl in 1985 and finished his coaching career in 1992.
Bum Phillips was hired to coach the Saints in 1981 and remained through the 1985 season.
Stanfel was a standout offensive linemen in the 1950s, playing for the Detroit Lions (1952-55) and Washington Redskins (1956-58). He won two NFL championships (1952 and ’53) and was named to the Pro Bowl team five times. He also was named to the NFL’s 1950s All-Decade Team.
Stanfel was named a senior nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and 2012, but he did not receive enough votes for enshrinement.
Stanfel is survived by three children: Richard Stanfel Jr., Scott Stanfel and Jon Stanfel.