Russell Scott "Russ" Grimm is a former American football guard for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He has served as an assistant coach for the Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans. In college, he was an All-American center at the University of Pittsburgh; as a professional, Grimm had multiple selections to both the All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Grimm played 11 seasons for the Redskins and was a first-team selection to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, he was drafted in the third round by the Redskins in the 1981 NFL Draft. Along with Jeff Bostic, Mark May, George Starke and Joe Jacoby, Russ Grimm was a founding member of the Redskins' renowned "Hogs" offensive line of the 1980s and early 1990s, a mainstay of the Redskins' glory years during the first Joe Gibbs era. During his 11 seasons as the Redskins' starting guard, Russ Grimm helped lead his team to four Super Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl victories.
Along the way, Grimm was selected to 4 consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. He was named an All-Pro in each of those years as well. According to Mark May, a teammate both at Pittsburgh and on the Redskins, no one lived up to the "Hog" persona more than Grimm: "He was a blue collar stiff and proud of it." In his 2005 memoir, May recalled a Christmas party at his house in 1982: "I iced down a keg of beer and stationed it on the landing between the first floor and basement. Russ turned the landing into his headquarters for the evening, he parked his butt on the landing next to the keg. Except for an occasional trip to the bathroom, we didn't see Russ on the first level all night..."Grimm was a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, a finalist in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010; the bust of Grimm, sculpted by Scott Myers, was unveiled at the Enshrinement Ceremony on August 8, 2010. After retiring as a player, Grimm returned to the Redskins as a tight end coach (from 1992 through 1996, offensive line coach from 1997 through 2000, during which he was instrumental in the development of tackles Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen.
After his coaching stint with the Redskins, Grimm joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive line coach in September 2000. In 2004, he was promoted to assistant head coach. In 2004, after the Chicago Bears fired Dick Jauron, Bears management considered Grimm as a top candidate for the job; the job went to St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. In 2005, Grimm added another Super Bowl ring to his résumé as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching staff. Under Grimm's guidance in 2005, the Super Bowl champion Steelers averaged nearly 140 yards rushing per game during the regular season to rank fifth in the NFL while grinding out 181 rushing yards in their Super Bowl XL victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In 2006 the Steelers' offensive line helped pave the way for running back Willie Parker to gain 1,494 yards and 13 touchdowns on 337 carries with 4.4 yard avg. and earn his first Pro Bowl selection. Pittsburgh offense finished the 2006 season with the 10th-best rushing attack in the NFL, helping to give the Steelers the 7th ranked total offense in the league.
Parker finished the season with the second and third top rushing performances of the year in the NFL with 223 rushing yards 32 att. TD against Cleveland Browns and 213 yards with 22 att, 2 TD vs. New Orleans Saints. On January 5, 2007, Bill Cowher resigned as head coach of the Steelers. In the press conference that followed, Steelers' president Art Rooney II announced Grimm as one of the candidates for the job, he was named as a finalist for the job along with Mike Tomlin. On January 22, 2007, the Steelers hired Tomlin as their head coach; the day after Tomlin's hiring, Grimm was hired to serve under Whisenhunt as the Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach and offensive line coach. In his first season in Arizona, his offensive line allowed 24 sacks, 6th best in the NFL and the fewest given up by the Cardinals since 1978 with 22. Grimm’s offensive line paved the way for running back Edgerrin James to rush for 1,222 yards, the fifth-best total in team history; the Cardinals' offense finished with the 5th-best passing attack in the NFL and threw for a team-record 32 touchdowns.
Grimm remained with the Cardinals until Whisenhunt and the entire offensive staff were fired in December 2012, following a 5–11 season. After the Arizona Cardinals hired Whisenhunt as their new head coach, on January 14, 2007, the finalists for the Steelers position were reduced to Grimm and Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. On January 22, 2007, Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported from an undisclosed source within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization that then-assistant coach Grimm would replace Bill Cowher as the team's coach. A day earlier, ESPN and Sports Illustrated stated on their web sites that Tomlin had been chosen to replace Cowher. However, the Tribune-Review claimed that an unnamed "NFL source" said that on January 21, 2007, Tomlin had not heard from the Steelers and no contract negotiations had taken place. Grimm was one of three finalists to replace Cowher, along with Tomlin and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Twenty-four hours Tomlin was announced as the Steelers' new coach.
Steelers' President Art Rooney II told CBS Sports on January 23, 2007, that no formal offer was made to Grimm, explaining that team representatives did talk abou
Heinz Field is a stadium located in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, United States. It serves as the home to the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League and the Pittsburgh Panthers of the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the stadium opened in 2001, after the controlled implosion of the teams' previous stadium, Three Rivers Stadium. The stadium is named for the locally based H. J. Heinz Company, which purchased the naming rights in 2001, it hosted the 2011 NHL Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals on January 1, 2011. On September 10, 2016, it hosted the Keystone Classic, which featured a renewal of the Penn State-Pitt football rivalry, setting a new attendance record at 69,983 people. In 2017 it hosted the Coors Light Stadium Series game featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. Funded in conjunction with PNC Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the $281 million stadium stands along the Ohio River, on the Northside of Pittsburgh in the North Shore neighborhood.
The stadium was designed with the city of Pittsburgh's history of steel production in mind, which led to the inclusion of 12,000 tons of steel into construction. Ground for the stadium was broken in June 1999 and the first football game was hosted in September 2001; the stadium's natural grass surface has been criticized throughout its history, but Steelers ownership has kept the grass after lobbying from players and coaches. Attendance for the 68,400 seat stadium has sold out for every Steelers home game, a streak which dates back to 1972. A collection of memorabilia from the Steelers and Panthers of the past can be found in the Great Hall; the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates shared Three Rivers Stadium from 1970 to 2000. After discussions over the Pirates building a full-time baseball park, a proposal was made to renovate Three Rivers Stadium into a full-time football facility. Though met with negative reaction from Steelers ownership, the proposal was used as a "fallback position" that would be used if discussions for a new stadium failed.
Steelers ownership stated that failing to build a new stadium would hurt the franchise's chances of signing players who might opt to sign with other teams, such as the other three teams in the Steelers division who had all built new football-only stadiums. In June 2001, the H. J. Heinz Company purchased the naming rights to the stadium; as per the deal, Heinz will pay the Steelers a total of $57 million through 2021. Despite Heinz announcing its acquisition of Kraft Foods Group to form Kraft Heinz Company in 2015, the stadium's name will remain Heinz Field. A sales tax increase was proposed to fund three projects: Heinz Field, PNC Park, an expansion of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. After the rejection of this proposal in a 1997 referendum known as the "Regional Renaissance Initiative", the city developed the alternate funding proposal Plan B. Controversial, the proposal was labeled Scam B by opponents; the Steelers' pledge toward the new stadium was criticized for being too little after it was raised from $50 million to $76.5 million.
Other local government members criticized the $281 million of public money allocated for Plan B. One member of the Allegheny Regional Asset District board called the use of tax dollars "corporate welfare"; the plan, totaling $809 million, was approved by the Allegheny Regional Asset District board on July 9, 1998, with $233 million allotted for Heinz Field. Shortly after Plan B was approved, the Steelers made a deal with Pittsburgh city officials to stay in the city until at least 2031; the total cost of Heinz Field was $281 million. HOK Sport designed the stadium. HOK Sport's project manager for the project, Melinda Lehman, said that the Rooney family asked for the stadium's design to "acknowledge the history of Pittsburgh and bring in an element of looking forward, this is where Pittsburgh is going." In order to accomplish this, HOK Sport used steel externally. The stone used in Heinz Field's design is artificial. Of the glass used in the stadium's design, Lehman said, "The glass is a more modern building element, which ties into a lot of the buildings in Pittsburgh and gives great views of the surrounding areas."
The Steelers and Panthers have their own locker rooms, which differ in size based on the number of players each team is permitted to dress for each game. The visitor facilities are modeled after the home locker rooms' design; as with its predecessor, Heinz Field's culinary service provider is Aramark. A bronze statue of Steelers founder Art Rooney, similar to those located outside PNC Park, was moved 100 feet from its previous position outside Three Rivers Stadium. In addition, a statue of a Pitt Panther over a paved depiction of Pitt's Cathedral of Learning was placed outside Gate A. Upon opening in 2001, Heinz Field's 27 by 96 foot Sony JumboTron was the largest scoreboard in the NFL. In 2007, ESPN named the "tipping" of the oversized Heinz ketchup bottles atop the scoreboard one of the top ten touchdown celebrations in the NFL. Ground was broken for Heinz Field on June 18, 1999, at a ceremony co-hosted by the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh; the stadium was constructed by Hunt Construction Mascaro Corporation.
The two companies directed 1,400 workers over two years, in which there were no construction accidents or lawsuits. The stadium is inspected yearly, along with PNC Park, by Chronicle Consulting, LLC, for structural defects and mainte
John Mitchell (American football coach)
John Mitchell, Jr. is an American football coach and former collegiate player. Over the course of his career, Mitchell has broken several racial barriers, one of, being the first black player for the Alabama Crimson Tide, he is the assistant head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. As a player, Mitchell was the first African-American to play football for the storied Alabama Crimson Tide. In his second year with the program he became the first African-American co-captain at the school; the next year, he became the team's first black assistant coach and the youngest coach to have been hired at Alabama. He would break another barrier by becoming the first black defensive coordinator in the Southeastern Conference, his coaching career has spanned nearly 40 years during which time he has worked with several icons of the football coaching pantheon, including college coaching greats Bear Bryant and Lou Holtz as well as Bill Belichick and Bill Cowher in the pros. Teams he has coached have won championships at both the college and professional levels.
Mitchell was born in Mobile, Alabama on October 14, 1951. His father worked as a civil engineer for the United States Coast Guard. At Williamson High School in Mobile, an all-black school, Mitchell played football and basketball; as a senior, he played on the offensive line. Though standing 6 feet 3 inches, he weighed just 195 pounds, which major colleges considered too light for the position, his lack of size explains why he was not offered a football scholarship out of high school by any major colleges in his home state. He did, field football scholarship offers from black powerhouses like Grambling State University and Tennessee State University. Sports were not everything for Mitchell. All five members of the science fair team were offered academic scholarships by the University of Alabama and Auburn University. Although these were the two schools Mitchell had dreamed of playing football for, neither was recruiting black football players at the time, Mitchell much wanted to play "big-time college football".
Mitchell determined that his best chance of playing Division I football was by going the junior college route. He accepted a football scholarship from Eastern Arizona Junior College in Arizona. Mitchell played on both the defensive lines at Eastern Arizona, he was named a Junior College All-American in each of his two years in the program. More he added 35 pounds of muscle to his frame in the school's weight training program, an amenity his high school lacked. With the added bulk, he showed no appreciable loss of speed, he earned an associate's degree in social work from Eastern Arizona. Based on his junior college performance and increased bulk, Mitchell was recruited by several major college programs, but he committed to John McKay at the University of Southern California. While on the golf course with University of Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, McKay casually mentioned that he had received a commitment from an Alabama native. McKay assumed that Bryant wouldn't be interested in Mitchell because he was black and Alabama had no black players on their roster.
Bryant recruited Mitchell aggressively. Although Mitchell was a bit nervous about the reception he would receive at Alabama, as well as the amount of playing time he could garner, his family encouraged him to return home and accept Bryant's scholarship offer. Besides his family's encouragement and Bryant's assurances that his race would not be a problem, Mitchell's opinion that Alabama's School of Social Work was one of the country's best was a big factor in his decision. In 1971 Mitchell, along with Wilbur Jackson, became the first African-American to play football for the Crimson Tide, he started all 24 games in his two seasons at Alabama, during which time the team compiled a 21–3 record and won two Southeastern Conference championships. In 1972, Mitchell became the first African-American to be named a co-captain at Alabama; the same year he was named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He was selected to the All-SEC team in each of his two seasons at Alabama. Mitchell earned a B.
S. in social welfare, completing his degree requirements a semester early. The San Francisco 49ers selected Mitchell in the seventh round of the 1973 NFL Draft. Although he played defensive end in college, he was once again considered undersized to fill that role in the pro game, he signed a contract with the 49ers and attended training camp, but after being slowed in camp by an illness he was cut by the team prior to the season. Upon being cut by the 49ers, Mitchell chose to close the book on this playing career though he may have been able to pursue an opportunity in the fledgling World Football League, saying, "I had a chance, whatever happened, good or bad, I figured a guy's got to work someday." Mitchell decided to return to Alabama to attend law school in the fall of 1973. When he asked coach Bryant for help in finding a campus job to make ends meet while he worked on his graduate degree, Bryant instead offered him a full-time coaching position. In giving up his law school plans to accept the offer to coach defensive ends, Mitchell became the first African-American assistant coach for the Crimson Tide.
He was the youngest coach to have been hired by the school. In addition to coaching, he was instrumental in the recruiting of top African-American players to play football at Alabama. One player
Purdue Boilermakers football
The Purdue Boilermakers football team represents Purdue University in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision of college football. Purdue plays its home games at Ross–Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; the head coach of Purdue is the 36th head coach in program history. The Boilermakers compete in the Big Ten Conference as a member of the West Division. Purdue had most been a part of the Leaders Division of the Big Ten, but moved to the West Division in 2014 due to conference expansion. With a 608–560–48 record at the conclusion of the 2017 season, Purdue has the 48th-most victories among NCAA FBS programs. Purdue was classified as a Major College school in the 1937 season until 1972. Purdue received Division I classification in 1973, becoming a Division I-A program from 1978 to 2006 and an FBS program from 2006 to the present; the Boilermakers have registered 64 winning seasons in their history, with 19 of those seasons resulting in eight victories or more, 10 seasons resulting in at least nine wins, one season with ten victories or more.
Of those successful campaigns, Purdue has produced five unbeaten seasons in its history, going 4–0 in 1891, 8–0 in 1892, 8–0 in 1929, 7–0–1 in 1932 and 9–0 in 1943. The Boilermakers have won a total of 12 conference championships in their history; the Purdue University football team traces its origin back to October 29, 1887, when its team fell to Butler College by a score of 48-6 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A group of students at Purdue University formed the school's first football team in 1887. Albert Berg was hired as the coach. Despite being deaf, Berg was "the only man in the territory with any knowledge of the game." Berg was 23 years old when he became Purdue's football "coacher." He was paid $1 for each lesson he gave to the newly organized football team and had only one week to prepare the team for its first game. The 1887 Purdue team played its only game on October 29, 1887, against the Butler College team at Athletic Park in Indianapolis. Butler soundly defeated Berg's squad by a score of 48–6.
After the loss to Butler, Purdue did not field a football team again until 1889. In 1890, Clinton L. Hare became the third head football coach at Purdue, he coached the team that season to a record of 3–3. Purdue won each of its two home games in convincing fashion, shutting out Wabash, 54–0, on October 24 and Illinois, 62–0, on November 22, they shut out DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana, 32–0. Purdue suffered its worst loss of the season on November 1 in Ann Arbor, falling to Michigan by a score of 34 to six. Hare's squad dropped their season opener in Chicago on October 18 to the Chicago University Football Club, 10–6, their season finale on November 27 against Hare's former team, Butler, by a score of 12 to 10. With their wins over DePauw and Wabash and their loss to Butler, Purdue tallied a 2–1 mark against their opponents from within the state of Indiana. Hare's team finished second place in the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association to Butler, who beat all three of their in-state foes and was awarded the state championship.
In 1891, Knowlton Ames became the head coach for Purdue, where he led the Boilermakers to a 12–0 record over two years. In the fall of 1893, D. M. Balliet became the head football coach at Purdue, he led the team to a 5–2–1 record in 1893 and 9–1 in 1894. During the 1894 season, Balliet's Purdue squad defeated Amos Alonzo Stagg's Chicago Maroons and outscored opponents by a collective score of 177 to 42, his 1895 squad finished with a record of 4–3. In 1897, Balliet was reported to have given up a successful law practice to join the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska. Balliet was re-hired as the head coach at Purdue in September 1901, he led the 1901 Purdue team to a 4–4–1 record, but finished the season with consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Northwestern. At the end of the 1901 season, Purdue opted not to renew his services. In March 1902, the Indianapolis News reported, "He is known to be a good coach, but he turned out a loser last year and Purdue wants a change." In four seasons as Purdue's head coach, Balliet compiled a record of 22–10–2.
On October 31, 1903, 14 members of the 1903 squad were killed in Indianapolis Indiana when the train they were riding collided with a coal train. The event became known as the Purdue Wreck. Purdue bounced around with many different head coaches until 1921, with most having little to no success coaching at Purdue; however Purdue did hire Andy Smith and William Henry Dietz, both of which would go on to become College Football Hall of Fame members. For the 1922 season, Purdue hired James Phelan. Phelan lead the 1929 Boilermakers to a perfect 8-0 record and what is to date their only outright Big Ten Title. In 1925, Noble Kizer became an assistant coach at Purdue under Phelan and inherited the head coaching position upon Phelan's departure for the University of Washington. Allen Elward became head coach after serving as an assistant at Purdue from 1927 to 1936, he compiled a 16–18–6 record at Purdue. Elmer Burnham served as Purdue's freshman football coach for seven years before assuming the role as varsity head coach in 1942.
Burnham's 1943 squad shared the Big Ten Conference title with Michigan. The 1943 squad was the only undefeated team playing a full schedule in major college football, but finished third in the country per the AP Poll; this would be sufficient grounds for Purdue to claim a 1943 National Championship as the NCAA itself did not recognize champions in the era. However, Purdue has never pursued this claim. Cecil Isbell started out at Purdue as an assistant coach and took over a
A defensive tackle is the largest and strongest of the defensive players in American football. The defensive tackle lines up opposite one of the offensive guards. Depending on a team's individual defensive scheme, a defensive tackle may be called upon to fill several different roles; these roles may include holding the point of attack by refusing to be moved or penetrating a certain gap between offensive linemen to break up a play in the opponent's backfield. If a defensive tackle reads a pass play, his primary responsibility is to pursue the quarterback, or knock the pass down at the line if it's within arm's reach. Other responsibilities of the defensive tackle may be to pursue the screen pass or drop into coverage in a zone blitz scheme. In a traditional 4–3 defense, there is no nose tackle. Instead there is a left and right defensive tackle; some teams in the National Football League, do have a nose tackle in this scheme, but most of them do not. Nose tackle is a defensive alignment position for a defensive lineman.
In the 3–4 defensive scheme the sole defensive tackle is referred to as the nose tackle. The nose tackle aligns across the line of scrimmage from the offense's center before the play begins in the "0-technique" position. In this position taking on the center and at least one if not both of the guards, the nose tackle is considered to be the most physically demanding position in football. In five-linemen situations, such as a goal-line formation, the nose guard is the innermost lineman, flanked on either side by a defensive tackle or defensive end. According to Pat Kirwan, a traditional 3–4 defense demands "a massive man who can clog up the middle," while a 4–3 defense is looking for "a nose tackle who relies on quickness to penetrate and move along the front." Typical 3–4 nose tackles are "big wide bodies who can hold the point of attack and force double teams by the guard and center." They are the heaviest players on the roster, with weights ranging from 320 to 350 pounds. Height is critical, as they are supposed to get "under" the offensive line, which means ideal 3–4 nose tackles are no taller than 6 ft 3 in.
Recent examples of such nose tackles include Gilbert Brown, Casey Hampton, Jamal Williams, Vince Wilfork, Damon Harrison. Rather uncommon are taller nose tackles, such as Ted Washington and Ma'ake Kemoeatu, who each won a Super Bowl ring, are both 6 ft 5 in tall. In some 4 -- 3 defenses, the nose tackle; some teams in the NFL, do have a nose tackle in the 4–3 defense, which lines up against the opposing center and likely the weak-side or pulling guard. In a 4–3 defense, nose tackles are rather quick and supposed to "shoot the'A gap' and beat the center and likely the weak-side or pulling guard into the backfield." Height is not as important, their weight is closer to 300 pounds. The terms "nose guard" or "middle guard" were more used with the five-man defensive line of the older 5-2 defense. Effective against most plays of the day, but with a weakness to the inside short pass, the 5–2 was phased out of the pro game in the late 1950s. In the 4–3 defense, the upright middle linebacker replaced the middle guard.
The nose guard is used in a 50 read defense. In this defense there is a nose guard, two defensive tackles, two outside linebackers who can play on the line of scrimmage or off the line of scrimmage in a two-point stance; the nose guard lines up head up on the center about six to eighteen inches off the ball. In a reading 50 defense, the nose guard's key is to read the offensive center to the ball. In run away, the nose guard's job is to shed the blocker and pursue down the line of scrimmage, taking an angle of pursuit; the primary responsibility of the nose tackle in this scheme is to absorb multiple blockers so that other players in the defensive front can attack ball carriers and rush the quarterback
Thomas Albert Clements is an American football coach and a former Canadian Football League quarterback, the current passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. Clements attended Canevin Catholic High School in Pennsylvania. Clements was a four-year letterman in both basketball, he was offered a basketball scholarship at North Carolina, but decided to play football instead. He is the only athlete in Canevin history to have his jersey retired. Clements was the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame football team from 1972 to 1974 and led the team to a national championship in 1973. In the December 31, 1973 Sugar Bowl matchup against Alabama, Clements had a 36-yard square-out completion to tight end Robin Weber on 3rd and 9 from his own end zone with 2:00 left to secure a 24-23 victory. In 1974, Clements finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was voted a first-team All-American. After graduation, Clements began a career in the Canadian Football League, quarterbacking the Ottawa Rough Riders for four seasons and winning the league's Rookie-of-the-Year award in his inaugural campaign.
The next season, he helped to lead the team to. After taking a powerful hit, a woozy Clements threw a pass to tight-end Tony Gabriel in the end zone, a catch which became famous in defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders. During his time with Ottawa, Clements shared the passing duties with Condredge Holloway, from 1975 to 1977 as the quarterback getting the most playing time. In 1978, their stats were comparable, except for Holloway throwing only two interceptions to 12 by Clements. Clements continued his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1979, but did not fare well, throwing only two touchdowns to 11 interceptions and being replaced by Danny Sanders. However, a trade to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats rejuvenated Clements, he led the CFL in passing yards with 2,803, the last to do so with less than 3,000 yards. In 1980, Clements was on the roster of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, coached by former Montreal Alouettes head coach Marv Levy, but was the third-string quarterback for a team that stressed the running game.
In 1981, Clements threw for 4,536 yards. He improved his numbers the next season with 4,706 yards. In 1983, Clements was traded from Hamilton to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for long-time Blue Bomber quarterback Dieter Brock; the next year, those two teams and Winnipeg, faced each other in the Grey Cup. Clements led the Bombers to their first Grey Cup victory since 1962. In 1986, he set a new completion percentage record with 67.5, 173 out of 256. Clements finished his playing career with Winnipeg in 1987 and was named the league's Most Outstanding Player, he finished his CFL career with over 39,000 passing yards, 252 passing touchdowns, a 60.35 completion percentage. In 2005, for the 75th anniversary of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Clements was selected one of the Bombers 20 all-time great players. In addition, in November 2006, he was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN. Clements was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
In 1992, Clements was hired as quarterbacks coach for Notre Dame, where he served until 1995 under head coach Lou Holtz. After practicing law in 1996, Clements took his first NFL job, working as the quarterback coach for the New Orleans Saints from 1997 to 1999. Clements would hold the same job in 2000 with the Kansas City Chiefs, between 2001 and 2003 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2004 and 2005 Clements served as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, but was released by the team after a front-office shakeup in which Marv Levy, his coach with the Chiefs in 1980, assumed the position of general manager and installed Dick Jauron as the team's new head coach. Upon the hiring of Mike McCarthy to be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers on January 11, 2006, the Packers parted ways with several assistant coaches, McCarthy interviewed NFL Europe head coach Steve Logan and Clements, settling on Clements on January 28, 2006. During Clements time as the quarterbacks coach with the Packers, he has worked with starting quarterbacks: Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn.
In 2007, Favre statistically had one of his best seasons with the Packers, taking them to the NFC Championship game. Clements is credited for assisting in the development of one of the game's elite quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, as the only player in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards during his first two years as a starting quarterback in 2008 and 2009, winning Super Bowl XLV and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award in Rodgers' third year as a starting quarterback in 2010. In Week 17 of the 2011 season, after the Packers went 14-1, McCarthy chose to deactivate Rodgers to keep him healthy for the playoffs and start backup quarterback, Matt Flynn, on January 1, 2012 at Lambeau Field vs. the Detroit Lions, Flynn's second start in his career. Throughout the game, Clements worked with Flynn on the sidelines, showing him what to look for in the photos from the previous offensive series. Flynn had a record-setting performance, throwing for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, both single game records for the Packers.
On February 12, 2015, Clements role was elevated to assistant head coach with respective play-calling responsibilities. On January 26, 2017, McCarthy announced Clements' contract had expired and he would move on to pursue other opportunities. On January 22, 2019
Jeffrey Alan Hartings is a former American college and professional football player, a center in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He played college football for Penn State University, earned all-American honors. A first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers, he was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl championship team in 2005, beating the Seattle Seahawks, he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He is Currently the head football coach at Worthington Christian High School Hartings was born in St. Henry, Ohio, he attended St. Henry High School, was a letterwinner in football as a two-way starter and in track and field. In football, he was a two-time all-conference selection, helped lead his team to the state championship as a senior, compiled 23 sacks and 200 tackles. After his senior season, he participated in the Ohio North-South Game. Hartings attended Penn State University, where he played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1992 to 1995.
He was a first-team All-American in 1994 and 1995, garnering consensus first-team honors in 1995. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor of science degree in marketing in 1995 and was twice honored as an Academic All-American, he was a first round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played for the Lions from 1996 to 2000. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent in 2001, where he moved from right guard to center, he has been selected to represent the AFC at the Pro Bowl twice. Hartings retired following the 2006 season, citing recurring knee problems as one of the reasons for his decision. In April 2017 Hartings was named the Head Football Coach of Worthington Christian High School. Hartings is one of ten children. A born-again Christian, he has performed missionary work in Nicaragua and helped to start a new non-denominational church with former Detroit Lions teammate Luther Elliss. Since his retirement, he and his wife Rebecca live in Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio with their eight children, Michael, Mianna, Jullexa and Malachi.
Jeff Hartings was a high school teammate and graduating classmate of former Ohio State, Philadelphia Eagle, Oakland Raider quarterback Bobby Hoying at St. Henry High School, a school with an average graduating class of about 100 students. St. Henry High School produced accomplished former NFL offensive tackle Jim Lachey. Pittsburgh Steelers Profile Jeff Hartings at NFL.com