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Richard "Rick" Forzano

In 25 years as a football coach, Rick Forzano's career spanned the scholastic, collegiate and professional ranks. A graduate of Garfield High and Kent State, '51, Rick has served as head coach at Hower High, University of Connecticut, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the Detroit Lions. In between these assignments, he had assistant coaching duties at Navy, Wooster College, Kent State, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals. While backfield coach at Navy (1959-63), he tutored two Heisman Trophy winners, quarterbacks, Joe Belino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963). He was Yankee Conference Coach of the Year in 1964 while at Connecticut and guided the Huskies to their first win over Yale in 90 years in 1965. He piloted the Detroit Lions to a pair of second-place finishes with identical 7-7 records in 1974-75. Forzano then spent several seasons serving as an expert color commentator on ABC's "NCAA Football" series.

Inducted 1981 | Football