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Allie Sherman
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Date of birth February 10, 1923 (1923-02-10) (age 86)
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York
Position(s) Quarterback
Running back
Defensive back
Head Coach
College Brooklyn
Career record 63-59-4
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
Phil/Pitt Steagles
Philadelphia Eagles
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
New York Giants

Alexander "Allie" Sherman (born February 10, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American football running back and head coach.

Sherman was the coach of the NFL's New York Giants from 1961 to 1969. His division titles with the Giants from 1961 to 1963 were the high points of his coaching career. Sherman collected two NFL Coach of the Year Awards in 1961 and 1962, the first time such an honor was awarded to the same person in consecutive years.


Playing career

Before becoming a head coach in the NFL, Sherman was the quarterback and captain of the 1941-1942 Brooklyn College football team.

After graduating in 1943, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL as a quarterback and defensive back. In his rookie season, he played with a combined Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers squad (due to manpower shortages caused by World War II). The team, called the Steagles, finished third in the NFL East with a record of 5-4-1.

Sherman spent five seasons with the Eagles, who finished second in the NFL East from 1944 to 1946. In 1946, he completed 17 of 33 passes for 264 yards and led the league in yards per passing attempt (8.00). The following year, he helped lead the Eagles to the NFL East title with a record of 8-4-0. They tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for first and then defeated Pittsburgh in a playoff to reach the NFL Championship game. In the championship, the Eagles lost to the Chicago Cardinals (led by All-NFL defensive back Marshall Goldberg) 28-21. Sherman retired following the 1947 season, having played in 51 career NFL games.

Coaching career

Upon his retirement, Sherman turned to coaching and became the New York Giants backfield coach in 1949, a position he held until 1953. That year, he took his first head coaching position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (one of his players was Hall of Famer Bud Grant) of the Canadian Football League. In 1957, Sherman returned to the Giants as a scout and then joined the coaching staff two years later.

Finally in 1961, Sherman was given an opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL and he made the most of it. That year, he led the Giants to the NFL Eastern Division championship and a spot in the NFL Championship game. Although they lost the championship to the Green Bay Packers, 37–0, Sherman was named NFL Coach of the Year because the Giants had improved from a 6-4-2 record in 1960 to 10-3-1 in 1961.

The following year, with legendary players such as Y.A. Tittle and Frank Gifford, Sherman continued his winning ways and led the Giants back to the NFL Championship games after they repeated as NFL East champs with a 12–2 record. Sherman was named NFL Coach of the Year although his Giants again fell to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship Game, this time 16–7; it was the first time in NFL history that a coach had been named Coach of the Year in back-to-back years. In 1963, the Giants won their third straight division title, but again lost in the NFL Championship Game, this time to the Chicago Bears, 14–10 (it was the Giants' last appearance in a championship game until Super Bowl XXI in the 1986–87 season).

Sherman coached the Giants for another five seasons but with the retirements of Tittle, Gifford, and other stars, the team did not have the same success. By 1966, the fans were getting restless and talk of firing Sherman became more common. The spectators at Yankee Stadium took to waving "Goodbye Allie" banners and even put the slogan to song.[1] By 1968, even though the team had a record of 7–7, the fans' dissatisfaction reached a peak, and after a poor preseason performance in 1969 they got their wish and Sherman was dismissed. Sherman had a career record of 57-51-4 during his tenure as Giants coach. He is a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Commack, New York. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Sherman worked as a professional football analyst for ESPN.

NFL player record

Physical: 5' 8", 168 pounds

Games: 51 Passes completed: 66 Passes attempted: 135 Passing percentage: 48.9 Passing yards: 823 Passing touchdowns: 9 Interceptions thrown: 10

Rushes: 93 Rushing yards: 44 Rushing average: 0.5 Rushing touchdowns: 4 Fumbles: 10

Interceptions: 2

Punts: 1 Punt yards: 27

NFL coaching record (1961–1968 NY Giants): 57–51–4; 0–3 in the playoffs.

See also


  • The Encyclopedia of Football, by Roger Treat (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1976 -- 14th Edition)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)
  • Encyclopedia of Jews in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)

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Preceded by
Jim Lee Howell
New York Giants Head Coach
Succeeded by
Alex Webster


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