Four Decades Players, Coaches, Managers

by jmnovff - 114 cards (Last updated on Apr 7, 2021)

51. 1976 Topps #1 George Blanda

Player 1949-1975.

53. 1992 Pro Set FACT Mobil #144 Bill Belichick

Head Coach 1992-2020, active.

55. 1952 Bowman Large #48 George Halas

*** 5 Decade Head Coach ***

Head Coach 1922-1967.

Also Player 1922-1928.

56. 1932 Walker's Cleaners Green Bay Packers #1 Curly Lambeau

Head Coach 1922-1953.

Also Player 1922-1929.

57. 1991 Pro Line Portraits #193 Chuck Noll

Head Coach 1969-1991.

Also Player 1953-1959.

58. 2004 Playoff Contenders #196 Andy Reid

Head Coach 1999-2020, active.

59. 1989 Pro Set #194 Mike Shanahan

Head Coach 1988-2013.

60. 1992 Pro Line Profiles #118 Don Shula

Head Coach 1963-1995.

Also Player 1951-1957.



Feb 2, 2021 - 9:16AM
Billy Kingsley

Great concept for a list! Some other NBA people who were involved in four or more decades: Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Kevin McHale, Wes Unseld, Doug Collins, Gregg Popovich, Paul Silas, K.C. Jones, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jason Kidd, Larry Bird, Red Holzman. There are others but that's who comes to mind.

If you include front office stuff like GM and team owner you can add Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Elton Brand, Grant Hill. 

Feb 2, 2021 - 1:57PM

Thanks Billy.   My basketball knowledge is not the best.  Suggestions appreciated,

My original intent was to include a player/coach/manager who spanned 4 decades in one discipline.  So, for example, in hockey, Wayne Gretzky player 1979-99 and coach 2005-09 doens't qualify.

Yes, Phil Jackson is a glaring omission, coaching from 1989-2011.

No disrespect to Larry Bird (one of my favourites) but he is "only" a 3 decade player (1979-92), so like Gretzky, he doesn't make the list.

I will add the others who make the cut.


Edited on: Mar 6, 2021 - 10:51AM

Feb 2, 2021 - 9:47PM

Added  Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Paul Silas, Red Holzman. 

Mar 5, 2021 - 9:53AM

Added Darryl Sutter.

Mar 10, 2021 - 12:36AM

Added several NHL and NBA coaches.

Mar 10, 2021 - 9:49PM

Added NFL coaches, Phillips, Carroll, Gruden, Shanahan.

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