Back in 1970, you didn’t need $2,000 to make Marv Levy say “wow!”
In an interview with ESPN 980, Levy talked about the $1,500 raise George Allen used to lure him away from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Allen became head coach of the Redskins in 1971, and Levy followed him to Washington for two seasons before coaching stints in Canada, Kansas City and Buffalo, where he led the Bills to four straight AFC championships.
The Hall-of-Fame coach appeared on the Sports Fix on Monday to talk about coaching special teams, evaluate Washington’s current head coach and reminisce about Allen.
Working for George Allen, I’ll tell you, it was an experience. I learned so much from him. I’m so indebted. I learned so much. George was a bit of a character. The guys on the staff laughed at him, but he was one of the most loyal people in the world. Those who worked for him worked hard. Those who played for him played hard. I can remember the great Redskins fans in those days. It was a thrill every time I’d come up that tunnel and out onto the field to play games. Working for George was a delight.
When asked about Mike Shanahan, Levy delivered a classic coach’s adage.
First of all, I think Mike is a superb coach. Yes, you know, I’m sure he was exalted last year when they were succeeding and now he’s getting a lot of heat. And that goes with the territory. A former coach, John McKay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said it best. He said, ‘A coaching genius is a guy that won last Sunday.’ No, but I have very high regard for Mike and his coaching abilities. It just doesn’t always go your way. I know it.
You can listen to the whole interview here.
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