George Sauer

George Henry Sauer Sr. (December 11, 1910 – February 5, 1994) was an American football player, coach, college sports administrator, and professional football executive. He played college football as a halfback at the University of Nebraska from 1931 to 1933 and then with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1935 to 1937, helping them win the 1936 NFL championship as their starting left halfback. Sauer served as the head football coach at the University of New Hampshire (1937–1941), the University of Kansas (1946–1947), the United States Naval Academy (1948–1949), and Baylor University (1950–1955), compiling a career college football record of 78–55–9. He was also the head basketball coach at New Hampshire for one season in 1938–39, tallying a mark of 3–14. Sauer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1954.

George Sauer
Sauer from 1934 Cornhusker
Biographical details
Born(1910-12-11)December 11, 1910
Stratton, Nebraska
DiedFebruary 5, 1994(1994-02-05) (aged 83)
Waco, Texas
Playing career
1935–1937Green Bay Packers
1942Pensacola NAS
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1937–1941New Hampshire
1938–1939New Hampshire
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1961New York Titans (GM)
1962–1969New York Titans/Jets (dir. pro pers.)
1969–1970Boston Patriots (GM)
Head coaching record
Overall78–55–9 (football)
3–14 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
2 New England Conference (1937, 1940)
2 Big Six (1946–1947)
All-American, 1933
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1954 (profile)


Sauer attended the University of Nebraska where he was an All-American halfback under Dana X. Bible. He coached at the University of New Hampshire from 1937 to 1941, and was a 1998 inductee of the Wildcats' hall of fame.[1] Although he only coached two years at Kansas, he compiled a 15–3–2 (.786) record.

Sauer was a World War II veteran, having obtained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He went on to become Baylor's athletic director. He was named general manager of the NFL's New York Titans in 1961 and was director of player personnel from 1962 to 1969. He was also general manager of the Boston Patriots in 1969 and 1970.

Sauer was the father of American Football League All-League wide receiver George Sauer Jr. of the New York Jets.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
New Hampshire Wildcats (New England Conference) (1937–1941)
1937 New Hampshire 7–11–0T–1st
1938 New Hampshire 3–61–13rd
1939 New Hampshire 3–51–1T–2nd
1940 New Hampshire 5–32–01st
1941 New Hampshire 4–3–10–0–13rd
New Hampshire: 22–18–15–2–1
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Six Conference) (1946–1947)
1946 Kansas 7–2–14–1T–1st
1947 Kansas 8–1–24–0–1T–1stL Orange12
Kansas: 15–3–38–1–1
Navy Midshipmen (Independent) (1948–1949)
1948 Navy 0–8–1
1949 Navy 3–5–1
Navy: 3–13–2
Baylor Bears (Southwest Conference) (1950–1955)
1950 Baylor 7–34–22nd15
1951 Baylor 8–2–14–1–12ndL Orange99
1952 Baylor 4–4–21–3–25th
1953 Baylor 7–34–23rd
1954 Baylor 7–44–2T–3rdL Gator18
1955 Baylor 5–52–4T–5th
Baylor: 38–21–319–14–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. "UNH Wildcats - Hall of Fame". Retrieved December 15, 2019.
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