Ex-coach Allie Sherman dies at 91

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NEW YORK -- Allie Sherman, who coached the New York Giants to NFL championship games in his first three seasons, has died. He was 91.

Sherman's family said Monday that he died Saturday at his Manhattan home.

Sherman's Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers in the 1961 and 1962 championship games and to the Chicago Bears in the 1963 title game. He was the NFL Coach of the Year in 1961 and 1962 and finished 57-51-4 in eight seasons with the Giants.

Sherman, the diminutive son of Russian immigrants, was the studio analyst alongside Chris Berman on ESPN's first NFL broadcast in 1987.

At 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, Sherman played quarterback at Brooklyn College and spent five seasons in the NFL as a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sherman served as the Giants' backfield coach from 1949-52 and was 36-26-2 as the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1953-57.

He returned to the Giants as a scout in 1958, took over as offensive coach in 1959 when Vince Lombardi left for the Packers and became head coach when Jim Lee Howell retired after the 1960 season.

Sherman was born in Brooklyn in 1923.

He's survived by his wife, Joan, son Randy, daughters Lori Sherman and Robin Klausner and two grandchildren.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.