Dick Nolan

by Jorge 18 Jan,2019
Dick Nolan
Personal Info
  • Famous Name
  • Birth Name Richard Charles Nolan
  • Birth Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Famous Name Dick Nolan
  • Birth Date March 26, 1932
  • Horoscope Aries
  • Nationality American
  • Ethnicity White
  • Profession Former player and Coach
  • Children 5

Dick Nolan was an American football player and coach in the National Football League(NFL). He served as head coach of the 49ers of San Francisco and the Saints of New Orleans. In addition, he played nine seasons as a defensive back at National Football League and was a head coach for eleven years, two times leading the San Francisco 49ers to the conference championship games.


On November 11, 2007, Dick died at the age of 75 in Grapevine, Tex. Prior to his death, he was happily married to his wife Ann and was a father of 5 children. 

Dick Nolan Early Life And Education History

Dick was born on March 26, 1932, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Further, the details about his parents and siblings are not in the media yet. He is an American by nationality and belongs to the white ethnic group. 

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Talking about his early life, Nolan was the White Plains High School's starting quarterback. Later, he accepted a scholarship from the University of Maryland, where he played as a running back and safety. He received honorable mention as a senior. He played a key role in the championship team of the school in 1953.

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Dick Nolan Net Worth And Salary

Nolan is a veteran football player and has represented many teams such as New York Giants, Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants, and Dallas Cowboys. He played for nine seasons as a player and also worked as a coach for 11 years in National Football League (NFL). During this tenure, he earned a decent amount of salary and has collected a significant net worth from her professional career. 

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As per his son Mike Nolan, his father never made more than $15,000 a year as a player or $125,000 as a coach.

As per a recent stat, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks reportedly received a wage increase in 2016, bringing him up to $8 million annually. Until the contract was extended by Carroll, Sean Payton received the highest NFL coaching salary of $8 million.

Dick Nolan Professional Career

Dick  Nolan played for nine seasons as a player and also worked as a coach for 11 years in National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the New York Giants in the fourth round( 41st overall) of the 1954 NFL Draft. On 10 May 1958, he was traded to the Cardinals of Chicago. In 1959 he returned to the Giants.

On 27 April 1962, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in a three-team deal with the Green Bay Packers, who acquired the Packers' kicking specialist Allen Green and Giants obtaining a draft pick from the Packers.

He represented teams like the New York Giants, Chicago Cardinals, and Dallas Cowboys as a player. He played as a defensive halfback, safety, and defensive back in National Football League. 

Two years after Nolan arrived in New York, the Giants started to assemble the star-studded cast, which soon became one of the greatest defenses of the NFL ever. 

Dick Nolan Coaching Career

Nolan spent six years on the staff of the Cowboys, the last year being the season in which the Cowboys played in the Ice Bowl. He was then head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for eight seasons from 1968 to 1975, noted for his defense development and three straight NFC West division titles( 1970–72), twice missing the Super Bowl by only one game( 1970–71).

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He was also the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 1978–80 going 15–29. He was the first head coach of Saints to win six, seven and eight games in one season, 7- 9 in 1978 and 8- 8 in 1979.

Dick Nolan Personal Life

Exploring his personal life, he is survived by his wife Ann and 5 children named Mike, Richard (known as Rook, nicknamed in his father’s rookie year), Nancy, Kelly, Lisa, and Jimmy.

Additionally, his son  Mike Nolan is currently the linebacker coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League( NFL), a former head coach for the 49ers, and a former NFL defense coordinator for Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.

Nolan was famous for wearing business suits during coaching, as many other coaches did during his time. Since then, the league has largely disallowed this practice due to the league signing exclusive apparel deals with sportswear companies( in particular Reebok). 

Dick Nolan Death

Dick Nolan died on November 11, 2007, in Grapevine, Texas, United States. His health was weakening with Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer for several years.

"My father always projected an image of authority, and I wanted to honor him -- the way he lived his life and his whole career as a coach."

His son Mike said.

After Nolan's death in 2007, the League made an exception, allowing Nolan's son Mike and Jack Del Rio, coach of Jacksonville Jaguars, to wear suits in honor of Dick Nolan. 




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