Bill Glassford

Former Husker football coach Bill Glassford went 31-35-3 in seven seasons at Nebraska.

Former Nebraska football coach Bill Glassford — who was also the NFL's oldest living player — died Monday at 102 years old, according to the University of Nebraska.

Glassford coached the Huskers from 1949-1955, finishing with a career record of 31-35-3. His 1954 team played in the Orange Bowl — losing 34-7 to Duke — but his best team was the 1950 squad that finished 6-2-1, featured star running back Bobby Reynolds and was ranked in the Associated Press Top 20 for part of the season. Glassford also held the first Husker spring game in 1950.

In an interview with The World-Herald in the summer of 2015, Glassford said he left college coaching — and became an insurance salesman — because he was "burnt out." He never returned to coaching but, as of last year, he was still a Husker booster, giving money to the program. 

Last summer, Glassford said he still received cards from all over the world to sign. He kept in touch with a few of his ex-players — most of whom were in their 80s — and he had a daily exercise regimen. 

“As soon as you have a sickness, it’s sort of miserable,” Glassford said of being 101. “But you have to take what the Big Guy upstairs gives you. I hope I’ll go another year. I think I can. My health is good.”

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