American Football Database
George Cumby
Date of birth: (1956-07-05) July 5, 1956 (age 66)
Place of birth: Gorman, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick 26
 As player:
Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills
Philadelphia Eagles
Career highlights and awards
Honors: 2x Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year (1977, 1978)

3x All-American (1977, 1978, 1979)
1x Second-team All-Pro (1982)

Playing stats at

George Edward Cumby (born July 5, 1956) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the 1980s. He played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and was a three-time All-American. A first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, Cumby played professionally for the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.

Early years

Cumby was born in Gorman, Texas. He graduated from Bishop T.K. Gorman High School in Tyler, Texas in 1975.

College career

He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1976 to 1979. He was a three-time first-team All-American (1977, 1978, 1979), being a consensus first-team selection in 1979. With a combination of speed and strength he is considered one of the top defensive players of all time at Oklahoma. He was also named Defensive Newcomer of the Year and Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year twice—in 1978 and 1979. Cumby was described by then-head coach Barry Switzer as "the only person I know who could go one-on-one with Earl Campbell and knock him backwards." He finished his career at Oklahoma with 405 career tackles, fifth on the all-time list.[1]

Professional career

He was taken in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in the 1980 NFL Draft as the 26th overall pick. He started two games as a rookie and moved into the full-time starting position in 1981 when he intercepted a career-high three passes and in 1982 Cumby was a Second-team All-Pro selection. He remained a starter though 1984 and was then relegated to backup duty in 1985.[2]

In the 1985 season Cumby gained national attention in a negative way. When rookie defensive tackle William Perry was put in the offensive lineup for the Chicago Bears it was Cumby who was twice "flattened" by Perry on lead blocks for Walter Payton.[3] Later in that season, Cumby was beaten on a short pass route by Perry that the "Fridge" carried into the end zone, again an embarrassment for Cumby.[4]

Cumby was cut by the Packers the following preseason on August 18, 1986,[5] and subsequently signed by the Buffalo Bills.[6] Cumby was a starter in 8 of the 11 games he played in 1986. He played one game for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987 when he was signed to bolster an injury-weakened linebacking corps.[7]

Post-playing career

After his NFL career, Cumby was the coach at his high school alma mater, Bishop T.K. Gorman High School, for the 2006 school year, and was recently the linebackers coach at Tyler Junior College. He is now the head coach of the Texas College Steers.[8]


  1. Sooner
  2. Pro Football
  3. The Bears' march to Super Bowl XLI Chicago Sun-Times, October 28, 2006.
  4. PERRY EVEN CONVERTS PACKER COACH Chicago Tribune, November 4, 1985.
  5. "Bills trade Cribbs to 49ers, welcome the arrival of Kelly" Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 19, 1986.
  6. "Around the camps" St. Petersburg Times, September 3, 1986.
  7. A FINAL CHANCE FOR SUB EAGLES Philadelphia Inquirer, October 18, 1987.
  8. Texas College Hires George Cumby