Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ex Seahawk Coach And GM Mike McCormack Dies

Mike McCormack, a football guy who helped build two NFL expansion franchises, has  died.  Although not on the tip of the tongue of most Seahawk fans, McCormack was General Manager during some of the Seahawk's greatest years.  The Seahawks went to the play-offs 4 times during his run. He coached the 'Hawks after original coach Jack Patera was fired.   He had previously coached at Philadelphia and Baltimore (Colts).
When Ken Behring bought the team in 1989, he fired GM McCormack in favor of bringing in his own football people, a decision that  most fans would consider a disaster as the organization would hit some of it's lowest points. 
McCormack would go on to serve as president and general manager of the expansion Carolina Panthers.  He retired in 1997.   In his playing days, McCormack was a lineman for the Cleveland Browns.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1984

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