Blanton Long Collier was an American football head coach who coached at the University of Kentucky between 1954 and 1961 and for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League between 1963 and 1970. His 1964 Browns team won the NFL championship and remains the second-most recent Cleveland professional sports team to win a title.Collier grew up in Paris, Kentucky, and attended Paris High School. After graduating from Georgetown College, he returned to his old high school to teach and coach sports for 16 years. Collier left the position to join the U.S. Navy in 1943 during World War II. At a naval base outside of Chicago, he met Paul Brown, who was coaching a service football team there. After the war, Brown hired Collier as an assistant coach for the Browns, a team under formation in the All-America Football Conference. After seven years as Brown's top aide, a span over which the Cleveland team won five league championships, Collier took a job as head football coach at Kentucky in 1954. His Kentucky Wildcats teams amassed a 41–36–3 win-loss-tie record over eight seasons.
|Born:||July 2, 1906|
|Died:||March 22, 1983 (aged 76)|
|High school||Paris (KY)|
|1928–1943||Paris HS (KY)|
|1944–1945||Great Lakes Navy (asst.)|
|1946–1953||Cleveland Browns (asst.)|
|1962||Cleveland Browns (asst.)|
|Awards||NFL champion (1964)|
SEC Coach of the Year (1954)
|Records||Professional: 76–34–2 (.688)|
College: 41–36–3 (.531)
High school: 73–50–10 (.586)
|Years of service||1943–1945|
|Unit||Great Lakes Training Station|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Coach for the 1964 Cleveland Browns, who won the NFL Championship. He also managed the Kentucky Wildcats for eight years between NFL stints.
His parents raised him in Millersburg, Kentucky.
He spent 16 years coaching sports in his alma mater Paris High School.
He played college football at Georgetown.
Don Shula was an assistant coach under Collier at the University of Kentucky.
● Blanton Collier was born on July 2, 1906 (age 76) in Kentucky, United States ● He is a celebrity coach
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