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
                            Purdue University          Graduated:  1950

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.