Former Seahawks coach and executive Mike McCormack dies
Mike McCormack was a Hall of Fame player and longtime NFL executive. He was the Seahawks’ president and general manager from 1983-88.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Mike McCormack, who guided the Seahawks through their glory days of the mid-1980s as the team’s president and general manager, died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 83.
During his nearly 50 years in professional football, McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions, including president of the Carolina Panthers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1984, named to six Pro Bowls as an offensive tackle.
Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said he spoke with McCormack’s wife, Ann, and was informed of McCormack’s death from natural causes.
After having previously served as coach of the Eagles (1973-75) and Colts (1980-81), McCormack came to Seattle in March 1982 as the team’s director of football operations.
McCormack took over as coach on an interim basis two games into the strike-shortened 1982 season after the Seahawks fired their original coach, Jack Patera, leading Seattle to a 4-3 record. After the season, he was named the team’s president and GM.
“He was reluctant to give up coaching,’’ then-owner John Nordstrom recalled Friday. “He really wanted to coach. But I told him that I had to have him as the top guy because I still had a day job (running Nordstrom’s) and I couldn’t devote the time to all the detail stuff.’’
As president and GM, McCormack had oversight of just about every facet of the team from 1983 to 1988, including hiring Chuck Knox as coach.
Seattle made four playoff appearances in the six years McCormack ran the team.
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