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John North
Defensive end
Jersey #(s)
Born June 17, 1921 (1921-06-17) (age 88)
Gilliam, Louisiana
Career information
Year(s) 19481950
NFL Draft 1945 / Round: 6 / Pick: 51
(By the Washington Redskins)
College Vanderbilt
Professional teams

As a player

As a coach

Career stats
Receiving yards 784
Interceptions 1
Touchdowns 6
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

John Puckett North (born June 17, 1921 in Gilliam, Louisiana) is a former American football offensive and defensive end in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts, as well as for the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference. He played college football at Vanderbilt University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

After his playing career, North became the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. He replaced J.D. Roberts with two games remaining in the 1973 preseason, and in his first regular season game, the Saints were embarrassed at Tulane Stadium by the rival Atlanta Falcons 62-7. New Orleans went 5-9 in both 1973 and 1974, the team's final seasons at Tulane Stadium. North led the Saints into the Louisiana Superdome in 1975, but was fired on October 27 following a 38-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams which left the team 1-5.

Preceded by
J. D. Roberts
New Orleans Saints Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Ernie Hefferle


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