A legendary assistant coach, from both the NFL and college football ranks, passed away this afternoon. According to multiple reports, longtime assistant coach Dan Radakovich has died.
He was 84 years old. Robert Morris University released a statement following Radakovich’s death, confirming the news. “The Robert Morris University Department of Athletics mourns the loss of former football coach Dan Radakovich, who passed away Thursday,” the team said in a statement.
Known as “Bad Rad,” Radakovich got his start as a player with the Penn State Nittany Lions. Following his collegiate football career, he continued on with his alma mater as an assistant coach.
He helped Penn State earn its reputation as “Linebacker U” before making a jump to the NFL ranks. The Pittsburgh native made a return home as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his time with the team, the Steelers won two Super Bowls.
Steelers president Art Rooney II released a statement about his passing:
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Radakovich. It was during his second stint on Chuck’s staff than Dan introduced some offensive line techniques that were innovative for the era and still are used today.”
Radakovich floated around the NFL on numerous teams after his exit from Pittsburgh.
He eventually landed back at the collegiate ranks, as the defensive coordinator at Robert Morris.
He led the defense from 1996-2007 before announcing his retirement from football.