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Don Strock
College Virginia Tech
Sport Football
Born November 27, 1950 (1950-11-27) (age 59)
Place of birth Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Career highlights
Awards
NFL.com stats
Playing career
1969-1973
1974-1987
1988
1989
Virginia Tech
Miami Dolphins
Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts *
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993
1994
1995
1996-1998
2002-2006
Miami Hooters
Massachusetts Marauders
Rhein Fire (AC)
Baltimore Ravens (QB)
Florida International

Don Strock (born November 27, 1950 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania) was a former professional football player who was the head coach of the Florida International University football team from 2002-2006.

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Playing career

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College

Strock played college football at Virginia Tech, and graduated in 1973. In his senior season in 1972, Strock led the nation in total passing and total offense, yet finished only ninth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. The college game was then dominated by running backs; the 1972 Heisman went to RB Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska.[1]

To date, Strock still holds many collegiate football passing records at his alma mater[2] and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.[3]

Professional

Strock played in the National Football League as a quarterback. A 5th round selection (111th overall pick) of the 1973 NFL Draft, he spent the majority of his professional career with the Miami Dolphins (1973-1987). He also played one season with the Cleveland Browns (1988) and part of a season on the roster of the Indianapolis Colts (1989) before retiring as a player.

Strock is well-remembered for coming off the bench on January 2, 1982, for the Miami Dolphins in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Diego Chargers at the Miami Orange Bowl. Strock led Miami from a 0-24 deficit to tie the score in the 3rd quarter. Ultimately, Miami lost the game to San Diego, 41-38, in overtime. The game is also remembered for the image of San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow being helped off the field by his teammates while suffering from exhaustion. Strock finished the game with 29 of 43 completions for 403 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. The game later became known as The Epic in Miami and has entered NFL lore as one of the greatest games ever in NFL history.

Every game with two 400 or more yard quarterbacks

Don Strock played in one of the five greatest NFL passing games. Below is a list of every game where two quarterbacks passed for 400 or more yards.

Rank Quarterback Date Game Attempts Comp Yards TDs INTs Rating
1 Ken O'Brien
Dan Marino
9/21/1986 New York Jets: 51
Miami Dolphins: 45
43
50
29
30
479
448
4
6
1
2
126.0
112.3
Total: 96 Points 93 59 927 10 3
2 Dan Marino
Drew Bledsoe
9/4/1994 Miami Dolphins: 39
New England Patriots: 35
42
51
23
32
473
421
5
4
1
2
124.3
96.6
Total: 74 Points 93 55 894 9 3
3 Jim Kelly
Steve Young
9/13/1992 Buffalo Bills: 34
San Francisco 49ers: 31
33
37
22
26
403
449
3
3
1
1
126.2
127.0
Total: 65 Points 70 48 852 6 2
4 Dan Fouts
Ken Anderson
12/20/1982 San Diego Chargers: 50
Cincinnati Bengals: 34
40
56
25
40
435
416
1
2
2
1
87.0
97.0
Total: 84 Points 96 65 851 3 3
5 Dan Fouts
Don Strock
1/2/1982 San Diego Chargers: 41
Miami Dolphins: 38
53
43
33
29
433
403
3
4
1
1
116.2
118.7
Total: 79 Points 96 62 836 7 2

Coaching career

Arena Football League, the World League and the NFL

Strock began his coaching career as the head coach of the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League for one season in 1993. The following season he moved on to be the head coach of the Massachusetts Marauders and again only stayed for one season. He then moved on to be an assistant coach of the Rhein Fire in the World League during 1995 season. Between 1996-1998 seasons, he was the quarterbacks coach of the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL.

Florida International University

On September 13, 2000, Strock was named the first head football coach in FIU's history. He was named to the position just shy of two years before the university's inaugural football game. Prior to being named head coach he was the director of football operations, a job he had obtained the year before. His overall record through the 2006 football season was 15-41.

On November 15, 2006 Strock resigned as head coach of the FIU Golden Panthers. Of his 15 career victories, none came during the 2006 campaign and only three of them came against Division I-A opponents. His resignation came after an 0-9 start and a much-publicized brawl against the University of Miami Hurricanes caused 16 players from FIU to be suspended.[4] His resignation became effective following FIU's last game against Troy University on December 2, 2006.

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Preceded by
David Woodley
Miami Dolphins Starting Quarterbacks
1981 (alternately with David Woodley)
Succeeded by
David Woodley
Preceded by
Program started
Florida International University Head Football Coach
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Mario Cristobal

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