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Carl Taseff
Date of birth September 28, 1928(1928-09-28)
Place of birth Parma, OH, U.S.
Date of death February 27, 2005 (aged 76)
Position(s) Cornerback
College John Carroll
Jersey number 23
NFL Draft 1951 / Round 22 / Pick 267
Stats
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1951
1953-1961
1961
1962
NFL Cleveland Browns
NFL Baltimore Colts
NFL Philadelphia Eagles
AFL Buffalo Bills
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1970-1993 NFL Miami Dolphins

Carl N. Taseff (September 28, 1928 – February 27, 2005) was an American football player and assistant coach.

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College

Carl played college football at John Carroll University and was the roommate of Don Shula's.

Pro Football playing career

Carl was drafted in the twenty-second recond of the 1951 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. After spending one season with the Browns, Carl went to the Baltimore Colts and played for them for nine seasons. While with the Colts he helped them win two NFL titles and played in the 1958 overtime title game against the New York Giants.

He set an NFL record with the Colts in 1959 by returning a blocked field goal 99 yards for a touchdown. He finished his professional playing career in 1962 with the American Football League's Buffalo Bills.

NFL Coaching Career

Carl was an assistant coach on the Detroit Lions in the mid 1960's. He then joined his old friend and head coach of the Miami Dolphins Don Shula as a defensive backs coach from 1970 to 1993.

Trivia

Carl was the roommate of Don Shula in college, they were teammates with the Browns (1951) and Colts (1953-56), and Carl was a member of the coaching staff with Don Shula on the Dolphins (1970-1993). He has a daughter living in Baltimore, Maryland - Cindy Taseff Heath and a granddaughter, Celia Heath. He also has a grandson, Perkins deMuth.

Death

A disease known as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, from which Taseff had been suffering for roughly six years, caused him to suffer from a weaker immune system. At the end of January 2005, Taseff caught the common cold that would eventually develop into pneumonia which would take his life on February 27, 2005.

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