INDIANAPOLIS – The first head coach in the history of the Indianapolis Colts passed away on Thursday.
Frank Kush, who coached the Colts from 1982-84, died at the age of 88.
"Frank was as old-school as they get, a true 'General Patton' of the gridiron," Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a team statement. "Although his legendary collegiate success did not transfer to pro ball and his time with the Colts was brief, Frank Kush was one of our game's most colorful personalities and he will be missed."
Kush was hired by the Colts on Dec. 21, 1981, succeeding Mike McCormack.
A players' strike in 1982 cut Kush's debut season as head coach to just nine games.
In his three seasons as Colts head coach, Kush had a record of 11-28-1.
Kush is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. In his college coaching career, Kush was the head man at Arizona State from 1958-1979, compiling a record of 176-51-1.
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