Former Michigan QB, Iowa head coach Jerry Burns passes away
Former Michigan quarterback and Iowa head coach Jerry Burns has died. He was 94.
Burns was a quarterback at Michigan from 1947-50 and immediately jumped into coaching when his playing career was over. He got his start at Hawaii as an assistant coach in 1951 and later landed at Iowa as an assistant coach at 1954.
From 1954-60, Burns was an assistant for the Hawkeyes and was named the head coach of the program, leading the team for five seasons. During that time, the Hawkeyes won 16 games.
After Burns’ time at Iowa concluded, he took a job as an assistant in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers from 1966-67 and then was a longtime offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, working in that role from 1968-85. He was then the head coach for the Vikings from 1986-91.
The Wilf family, which owns the Vikings, released a statement.
“Jerry Burns was one of the most important people we met when we came to Minnesota, and he was a foundation of this franchise,” the statement said. “His leadership as a coordinator and head coach for over two decades shaped some of the most successful teams in Vikings history. His love of life, quick smile and sense of humor were what we will remember most. We join Vikings fans worldwide in sending our prayers to his family.”
Burns was 52-43 as a head coach in the NFL and led Minnesota to three playoff appearances. His teams finished with a .500 record or better in all but one season.