Chuck Fairbanks, a former NFL, USFL, and college football coach, died of brain cancer on Tuesday, at the age of 79.

Fairbanks coached the New England Patriots for six seasons, from 1973-78, accumulating an overall record of 46-39, while guiding to team to two division titles, in 1976 and 1978.


As a college coach, Fairbanks was at the helm of the Oklahoma Sooners from 1967-1972, going 52-15-1, while winning three Big Eight titles, and finishing as national runner-up in 1971 and 1972.

Fairbanks also coached at Colorado, from 1979-1981, where he went 7-26 in three season.

The last coaching job for Fairbanks was in 1983, with the New Jersey Generals, of the United States Football League, where he went 6-12 in his first, and only season.

Fairbanks, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, back in in 1933, played his college football at Michigan St.

Before getting the head coaching position at Oklahoma, Fairbanks was an assistant coach at Arizona St., Houston, and Oklahoma.