Former Colts coach, broadcaster Marchibroda dies at age 84

INDIANAPOLIS (AP modified) — Former Colts coach and broadcaster Ted Marchibroda has died at age 84.

Team officials made the announcement Saturday after confirming the death with his family.

Marchibroda played college football at St. bonaventure and is considered a offensive innovator. During his time with Buffalo he was the innovator of K-Gun offense that helped the Bills win 4 AFC Championship Games.

Ted coached the Colts twice — in Baltimore from 1975-79 and in Indianapolis from 1992-95. He led the Colts to the playoffs three times in Baltimore and once in Indianapolis before returning to Baltimore as the Ravens’ first head coach.

Marchibroda went 87-98-1 in his career, including a 2-4 mark in the playoffs.

After finishing with the Ravens in 1998, Marchibroda spent the next seven seasons working on Indy’s radio broadcasts.

Colts owner Jim Irsay called Marchibroda an innovator.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; two daughters, Jodi and Lonni; and two sons, Ted Jr. and Robert.

The Buffalo Bills released this statement Saturday afternoon,

“The entire Buffalo Bills organization is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ted Marchibroda. He was an outstanding coach who played an integral role in the genesid of the famed ‘K-gun offense’ that our team utilized in four Super Bowls. More importantly, Ted was a terrific man who cared deeply about his family and friends and was beloved by Bills players, coaches and staff. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Ted’s family at this time.”

 

 

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