John Hufnagel
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-09-13) September 13, 1951 (age 68)
Place of birth: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 14 / Pick: 348
Debuted in 1973 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1987 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history

As Player

As Coach

Career highlights and awards
Passing Yards     357
TouchdownsInterceptions     1–9
Games     9
Stats at

John Coleman Hufnagel (born September 13, 1951, in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) is a Canadian football coach and former professional quarterback. He is currently the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Prior to his hiring to the Stampeders on December 3, 2007, he was most recently the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants of the National Football League from 2004 until December 26, 2006.

Playing careerEdit

Hufnagel was named an All-American at Penn State University in 1972, where he was the starting quarterback for three seasons (1970–1972), earning a 26–3 record. As a junior, he was instrumental in the Nittany Lions' 30–6 Cotton Bowl Classic victory over the University of Texas and played in a 14–0 loss to the University of Oklahoma in the 1973 Sugar Bowl as a senior. In 1972, Hufnagel became the first Nittany Lion quarterback to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season. His 2,039 passing yards set Penn State’s single-season record for passing yards (since broken) and he remains among the top 10 in most major career passing categories. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting that year.

Hufnagel was the 14th-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos in the 1973 NFL Draft. There he would play for three seasons before beginning a 12-year career in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders (1976–1979), the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1980–1983 and 1987), and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1984–1986).

Coaching careerEdit

Hufnagel began his coaching career as a player-coach for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987. From 1990–1996 Hufnagel was the offensive coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders, where he helped future Pro Bowlers Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia earn All-CFL honors. In 1997, Hufnagel became head coach and general manager of the Arena Football League’s New Jersey Red Dogs. In two seasons there, he posted a 17–11 record.

After two seasons (1999, 2000) as the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns, Hufnagel was named the quarterbacks coach of the Indianapolis Colts, where he coached Peyton Manning to a 62.7 percent completion percentage and for 4,131 yards passing. He spent the 2002 season as the quarterbacks coach on Tom Coughlin’s staff in Jacksonville. That year, quarterback Mark Brunell threw only seven interceptions in 416 pass attempts, and an 85.7 quarterback rating. He spent the 2003 season with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Under Hufnagel’s tutelage, Tom Brady earned a second Super Bowl MVP award, completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,620 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Hufnagel became the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants in 2004, and molded them into one of the NFL’s most potent offenses. Tiki Barber set a franchise rushing record two years in a row, and the Giants became only the fifth team in NFL history to have five different players score at least seven touchdowns. (Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey, Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Brandon Jacobs). While Hufnagel is credited with the rapid development of quarterback Eli Manning, he is sometimes criticized for his often predictable playcalling and an inabiltiy to utilize his offensive playmakers effectively.

During the 2006 season, Hufnagel came under much criticism for being too pass-happy and abandoning the running game after the Giants trailed during games. In addition, he was also questioned for having Manning throw the ball the third and sixth most passes in the league over 2005 and 2006 despite Tiki Barber clearly being the best player on offense. In addition, his situational playcalling came under scrutiny, such as when running back Brandon Jacobs was removed from the game inside the five yardline in two games, thus making the offense more predictable to opposing defenses.

Following a 30–7 defeat by the New Orleans Saints, Hufnagel was stripped of his duties as offensive coordinator. A week later, it was revealed he was fired.

On December 3, 2007, Hufnagel was hired as the head coach and general manager of the Calgary Stampeders. He led the Stampeders to the Grey Cup title with a 22–14 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on November 23, 2008. For his performance in the 2008 CFL season, he was awarded the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL's coach of the year.[1]


Hufnagel earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Penn State University in 1973. He and his wife, Penny, have two daughters and a son and live in Calgary and Jacksonville. He attended Montour High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

CFL GM/Coaching RecordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
CGY2008 1350.7221st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
CGY2009 1071.5832nd in West Division 1 1 Lost West Final
CGY2010 1350.7221st in West Division 0 1 Lost West Final
CGY2011 1170.6113rd in West Division 0 1 Lost West Semi-Final
CGY2012 1260.6662nd in West Division 2 1 Lost Grey Cup
Total 59301.6592 West Division
541 Grey Cup


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Tom Higgins
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Kent Austin
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
96th Grey Cup, 2008
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Marc Trestman
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CFL Coach of the Year
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