Pepper Rodgers

Pepper Rodgers has been a head coach in college football, the United States Football League and the Canadian Football League. He was the head coach at University of Kansas, UCLA, and Georgia Tech, and an assistant at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Florida.


He also served as vice president of football operations for the Washington Redskins. His tenure as Memphis Mad Dogs head coach was marred by him complaining about the Canadian Football League's style of play, maintaining that it should be a "four down league. "

He was a member of Georgia Tech's 1952 national championship team as a backup quarterback and placekicker. As a coach, he led Kansas to the 1968 Big 8 championship, the Jayhawks' last conference championship in football to date. He later coached the Memphis Showboats of the USFL, where he was the first professional coach of future Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White.

He is the author of Fourth and Long Gone, a fictional book published in 1985 that is a bawdy roman à clef of Rodgers' experiences as a college football coach and recruiter.

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