WILBUR “WEEB” EWBANK (Deceased)
Inducted: January 19, 1974 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: May 6, 1907 in Richmond
High School Attended: Richmond's Morton Graduated: 1924
High School Honors: Captain of both basketball and football teams his senior year.
College Attended: Miami University, OH Graduated: 1928
College Honors: Was a three-sport star; led Buckeye Conference in hitting 1926, 1927 for baseball team, serving as team captain; 3-year basketball letterman as a forward; quarterback for football team.
Coaching Experience: Coached at Van Wert HS, Ohio, 1928; head coach at McGuffey HS and assistant at Miami 1930-1943; joined the Navy during WW II and was assistant coach for Paul Brown at Great Lakes Naval Training Center; backfield coach at Brown University 1946; head coach at Washington University in St. Louis 1947-1948; assistant coach to Paul Brown with Cleveland Browns 1949-1953; head coach of Baltimore Colts 1954-1962; was first coach and General Manager of the AFL New York Jets 1963-1973; retired after 1973 season with a career record of 134-120-7, including play-offs, 2 NFL Championships, 1 AFL Championship, and 1 Super Bowl win.
Coaching Honors: Only coach to win world championships in both NFL and AFL; won NFL crowns in 1958 and 1959 with Colts and Johnny Unitas as quarterback; coached Jets to AFL and Super Bowl III title with Joe Namath as quarterback 1969; was known as first coach of American Football League with New York Jets; named AP and UPI NFL Coach of the Year 1958 and 1959; AFL Coach of the Year 1969; inducted into national professional Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio, 1978.
Special Recognition: Was one of eight charter members in first Hall of Fame class at Miami University; served on Board of Directors of Indiana Football Hall of Fame 10 years; a banner depicting Coach Ewbank was placed on exterior of the Hall of Fame in 2009; a Ewbank statute was unveiled in the new "Cradle of Coaches" entrance area of Yeager Stadium on the Miami campus in October 2010.
Family: Wife, Lucy (deceased); daughters, Nancy, Jan, and Luanne; 17 grandchildren.
Coach Ewbank passed away November 17, 1998.