ABE GIBRON (Deceased)
Inducted: May 16, 1976 in East Chicago, IN
Date of Birth: September 22, 1925 in Michigan City, IN
High School Attended: Michigan City Elston Graduated: 1943
High School Honors: Captain of football team; All-Northern Indiana Conference.
Served in military between high school and college.
College Attended: Valparaiso University 1944-1945
College Honors: All-Conference, Little College All-American Honorable Mention, and football captain at VU; 2-year letterman at PU, All-Big Ten, and Honorable Mention All-American.
Professional Athletic Background: Drafted by Buffalo Bills in first round 1949; Cleveland Browns 1950-1956; Philadelphia 1957 and was offensive captain; Chicago Bears 1958-1959 and was offensive captain.
Professional Athletic Honors: All-American Conference Rookie Lineman of the Year and Second Team All-Pro Guard 1949; while with Cleveland, was All-Pro 3 years and played in 5 Pro Bowl Games; overall, played in 6 championship games with a record of 3-3.
Coaching Experience: 1960-1964 offensive and defensive line coach at Washington Redskins; 1965-1971 offensive and defensive line coach, then head coach 1972-1974 of Chicago Bears; head coach of Chicago Winds of WFL 1975; defensive coordinator for Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976-1984.
Family: Wife, Susie; children, Abraham, Matina, and James.
Coach Gibron passed away September 23, 1997.