Don Ettinger
No. 74     
Linebacker / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-11-20)November 20, 1921
Place of birth: Independence, Missouri
Date of death: February 13, 1992(1992-02-13) (aged 69)
Place of death: Cookeville, Tennessee
Career information
College: Kansas
NFL Draft: 1948 / Round: 19 / Pick: 166
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*New York Giants ( 1948 1950)
Career highlights and awards
* 4× Canadian All-Star: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
GP     33
INT     4
Stats at
Stats at

Donald Nesbit "Red Dog" Ettinger (November 20, 1921 – February 13, 1992) was an American football player. Born in Independence, Missouri, Ettinger played college football for the University of Kansas and later the National Football League's New York Giants.[1] He finished his career in Canadian football, where he was a four-time All-Star.

Ettinger is sometimes credited for inventing the "blitz" strategy.


  1. "DON ETTINGER". Retrieved April 22, 2015.

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