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Richie Petitbon
Jersey #(s)
17, 16
Born April 18, 1938 (1938-04-18) (age 71)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Career information
Year(s) 19591972
NFL Draft 1959 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21
College Tulane
Professional teams
Career stats
Interceptions 48
Interception yards 801
Touchdowns 3
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Richard Alvin Petitbon (born April 18, 1938 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football safety and head coach of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. After playing college football at Tulane University, he played for the Chicago Bears from 1959 to 1968, the Los Angeles Rams in 1969 and 1970, and the Washington Redskins in 1971 and 1972.

He returned to the Redskins in 1978 as secondary coach under Jack Pardee. From 1981 to 1992, he was the Redskins' defensive coordinator, either alone or sharing the job with Larry Peccatiello. He was id not find the same success as a head coach. Aging and underachieving, the team finished 4-12 and Petibon was dismissed in favor of Norv Turner.

His brother, John Petitbon, also played in the NFL. Both Petitbon brothers are members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Doc Urich
Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Larry Peccatiello
Preceded by
Joe Gibbs
Washington Redskins Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Norv Turner


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