John Symank

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John Symank

Date of birth
Aug 31, 1935

Date of death
Jan 23, 2002 (age 66)

Ht: 5'11"Wt: 180 lbs.

Birthplace
La Grange, TX

Hometown
Caldwell, TX

College
University of Florida

High school
Caldwell

Website
http://johnsymank.com

Summary
John Richard Symank (August 31, 1935 - January 23, 2002) was an American football player who played seven seasons in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals from 1957 to 1963. He was also the head football coach for Northern Arizona University from 1969 to 1970...
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Staff career
Was the associate athletic director from 1987-1998.

Coaching career
LSU FootballCoach, Defensive Coordinator
In 1984 a new opportunity presented itself when long time friend Bill Arnsparger accepted the head coaching position at Louisiana State University. Brought in... View more

In 1977 Symank was hired to Ted Marchibroda’s coaching staff at the Baltimore Colts, and also coached under his successor, Mike McCormack from 1980 to... View more

New York GiantsAssistant Coach
In 1974 Bill Arnsparger took the head coaching position for the New York Giants and called upon John Symank to join the staff. After posting just seven wins in... View more

In 1969 Symank took the Head coaching position at Northern Arizona University. He decided on two assistants immediately. Former Packer teammate and 10 year NFL... View more

Atlanta FalconsDefensive Coordinator, Coach
John Symank was hired to the inaugural coaching staff of the Atlanta Falcons in 1966 by Head Coach Norb Hecker, who had been Vince Lombardi's Defensive... View more

Virginia FootballAssistant Coach

Tulane FootballAssistant Coach
John Symank's first coaching position, Met and developed lifelong relationships with C.O. Brocato and Bill Arnsparger.

Playing career
St. Louis CardinalsSafety, Cornerback

Green Bay PackersCornerback, Safety, Strong Safety
Was fourth in the NFL in interceptions Rookie Year(1957). Still in the Green Bay Packers record books for most interceptions by a rookie. Played 4 years under... View more

Trivia
  • Was a great wood carver and crafted many different things from birds to furniture. When he coached for the Baltimore Colts he started a line called Pennsylvania Primitives, and in his retirement years he made carvings of Egrets and Pelicans inspired by living on the Gulf Coast.
  • Described by Vince Lombardi as: "Serious and intense, and in a game he would just as soon break your leg as not. He has made it in this league because he gets a great deal more out of himself than his ability and size justify, and I wish I could say that about all the rest of them."

Nicknames
Coach Smack

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Head Coach John Symank of UTA_1973.jpg
Head Coach John Symank of UTA_1973.jpg
by Rt 53 veer pass Jun 01, 2012
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LSU 1984 Coaching Staff.jpg
by DouG Powell Dec 13, 2010
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Symank blocks for Nitsche for TD
This vidoe is really about Nitsche but Symank is in there on the first play!
by keeganino Sep 22, 2009
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Symank Punches Ditka
Symank Punches Ditka
I have never really got the scoop on why these two hated each other on the field so much. Symank was an NFL veteran and a known "roughian" and Ditka was a rookie. John Symank told me years ago that Ditka used to catch so many passes on him that he...
by keeganino Oct 13, 2009
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Unitas injured by Symank, misses 2 games.
Unitas injured by Symank, misses 2 games.
The stub on top, Game 4, is the game where Johnny Symank broke Johnny Unitas' ribs.
by keeganino Sep 23, 2009
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John Symank Head Football Coach NAU 1969-1970
Changed the main image to: John Symank Head Football Coach NAU 1969-1970
What the Hell is going on out there? That is what Lombardi would have said. What was John Symank's favorite thing to yell at his players?
by keeganino Oct 18, 2009
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John Symank Head Football Coach NAU 1969-1970
by keeganino Oct 18, 2009
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The 1970 Season
What happened after those first two games of the 1970 season that caused a landslide for the rest of the season? 69 was a winning season and 70 started with great promise. What went wrong?
by keeganino Oct 18, 2009
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Updated athletic career information for John Symank
Edited the career summary for John Symank.
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    "In 1984 a new opportunity presented itslef when long time friend Bill Arnsparger accepted the head coaching position at Louisiana State University. Brought in as Defensive Coordinator, Symank was the first hire made by Arnsparger. They posted an 8-3-2 record including the loss to Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl. Arnsparger earned the SEC’s Coach of the Year award for turning around a LSU program that had posted a 4-7 record the year before. In 1985 the tigers came back even stronger. Symank moved from Defensive Coordinator to handle the linebackers and recruiting. He had always enjoyed scoping out the local talent."
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    "In 1984 a new opportunity presented itself when long time friend Bill Arnsparger accepted the head coaching position at Louisiana State University. Brought in as Defensive Coordinator, Symank was the first hire made by Arnsparger. They posted an 8-3-2 record including the loss to Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl. Arnsparger earned the SEC’s Coach of the Year award for turning around a LSU program that had posted a 4-7 record the year before. In 1985 the tigers came back even stronger. Symank moved from Defensive Coordinator to handle the linebackers and recruiting. He had always enjoyed scoping out the local talent."
by iceweasel Oct 14, 2009
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Ditka vs Symank
Why did Mike Ditka and John Symank have such a fierce rivalry on the field? There are pictures of the two of them punching each other out when the play was happening on the other end of the field, and even after the whistle. Was it that Symank was tired of getting beat by Ditka so he resorted to whatever means necessary to get a handle on the much larger Ditka? Did Ditka insult Symank's mother? There had to be something that made those two go at it the way that they did and it went deeper than the usual Bears vs Packers rivalry.
by keeganino Oct 13, 2009
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John Symank Gator Hall of Famer
John Symank Gator Hall of Famer
John Symank wore the number 24 at the University of Florida.
by keeganino Sep 22, 2009
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1962coaches.jpg
This was a legendary coaching staff. Norb Hecker left his position at Green Bay in 1966 to become the first Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons. A position Lombardi had turned down. Phil Bengston took over for the Packers head coach position in 1968 when...
by keeganino Sep 24, 2009
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Updated athletic career information for John Symank
Edited the career summary for John Symank.
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    "Was fourth in the NFL in interceptions Rookie Year(1957). Still in the Green Bay Packers record books for most interceptions by a rookie. Played 4 years under the legendary Vince Lombardi and competed for three World Championship titles. Starter on the 1961 and 1962 World Championship teams."
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    "Was fourth in the NFL in interceptions Rookie Year(1957). Still in the Green Bay Packers record books for most interceptions by a rookie. Played 4 years under the legendary Vince Lombardi and competed for three World Championship titles. Intercepted a Norm Van Brocklin pass in the endzone during the 1960 Championship game giving the Packers a chance at winning. 1960 Western Conference Champions 1961 World Champions 1962 World Champions"
  • Changed coach career summary for Atlanta Falcons
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    "John Symank was hired to the inaugural coaching staff of the Atlanta Falcons in 1966 by Head Coach Norb Hecker, who had been Vince Lombardi's Defensive coordinator at Green Bay. Fellow Packer teammate Lew Carpenter also joined the Falcons staff the following year."
    to:
    "John Symank was hired to the inaugural coaching staff of the Atlanta Falcons in 1966 by Head Coach Norb Hecker, who had been Vince Lombardi's Defensive coordinator at Green Bay. Fellow Packer teammate Lew Carpenter also joined the Falcons staff the following year. In 1968 Norb Hecker was fired mid season and Norm Van Brocklin was hired to take his place. All of the assistant coaches were let go at the end of the season."
by keeganino Oct 13, 2009
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Big game tonight for Symank
John Symank was a Gator Hall of Famer, but worked for the LSU organization longer than any other he was affiliated with. This is a game he would love to have seen. Wonder what his prediction would have been. I grew up loving the Tigers so Geaux Tigers!
by keeganino Oct 11, 2009
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John Symank Breaks John Unitas' ribs in Week 4
On November 2, 1958, week 4 of the regular season, the Packers played the undefeated Colts in Baltimore. The Colts had a talented second year quarterback by the name of Johnny Unitas and were on their way to a World...
by keeganino Sep 22, 2009
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UTA Footbal Coaching Staff 1971
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University of Texas at Arlington no longer has a football team. This was the coaching staff from 1971-1973. John Symank had played there 2 years before (1952-1953) receiving a scholarship to the University of Florida.
by keeganino Sep 26, 2009
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1957 John Symank
1957 John Symank
John Symank as a rookie in his Green Bay Packers uniform 1957.
by keeganino Sep 25, 2009
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Florida Field December 1, 1956 Gators vs Hurricanes
This is an amazing clip that shows number 24 John Symank, of the Gators, recieve the opening kick off from the Hurricanes.
by keeganino Sep 22, 2009
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