He was the head coach for the Detroit Lions for eight years. He set a franchise record for career wins with 67.
He played in the AFL, then returned to school after an injury sidelined him.
Although his Lions were good enough to make the playoffs most years he coached, they got knocked out of the playoffs early.
His father was a first-generation immigrant from the Portuguese colony of Cape Verde.
He was a close friend of Jon Gruden's son Jim.