The Edmonton Eskimos mourn the passing of former head coach Neill Armstrong who passed away on August 10 at the age of 90.
Armstrong coached the Eskimos from 1964-69, leading the Green and Gold to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons (1966-68).
A native of Tishomingo, Oklahoma he played for the Philadelphia Eagles for five seasons (1947-51) as a wide receiver and defensive back, winning NFL championships in 1948 and 1949. He then went on to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for three seasons (1951 and 1953-54).
He entered the coaching ranks in 1962 as an assistant coach with the NFL’s Houston Oilers. After two seasons, he returned to Canada coaching the Edmonton Eskimos to a combined record of 37-56-3.
Armstrong was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings (1970-77). He then became an NFL head coach with the Chicago Bears for four seasons (1978-81), before finishing his coaching career with the Dallas Cowboys as an assistant (1982-89).
During his 28-year coaching career year, he amassed a combined head coaching record of 67-90-3.
The Edmonton Eskimos extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.