Kay Stephenson
No. 18
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1944-12-17) December 17, 1944 (age 75)
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Pensacola (Pensacola, Florida)
College:Florida
Undrafted:1967
Career history
As player:
* San Diego Chargers (1967)
As coach:
* Buffalo Bills (1982)
Quarterbacks coach
  • Buffalo Bills (1983–1985)
    Head coach
  • Sacramento Surge (1991–1992)
    Head coach
  • Sacramento Gold Miners (1993–1994)
    Head coach
  • San Antonio Texans (1995)
    Head coach
  • Arkansas Razorbacks (1997)
    Offensive coordinator, running backs coach
  • Edmonton Eskimos (1998)
    Head coach
  • Career highlights and awards
    * World Bowl champion (II)
    Head coaching record
    Regular season:NFL: .278
    CFL: .507
    WLAF: .550
    Postseason:CFL: .500
    WLAF: 1.000
    Career:NFL: .278
    CFL: .507
    WLAF: .591
    Player stats at PFR
    Coaching stats at PFR

    George Kay Stephenson (born December 17, 1944) is an American former college and professional football player and current coach, whose latter career has seen him work in four different professional leagues. Stephenson played quarterback for the American Football League's San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He finished his playing career in 1974 in the World Football League with the Jacksonville Sharks before entering the coaching ranks.

    Early life[edit | edit source]

    Stephenson was born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida in 1944, and grew up in nearby Pensacola. He attended Pensacola High School, and he earned All-State accolades as a quarterback. He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Ray Graves from 1964 to 1966.[1] His arrival on the Florida campus coincided with that of another standout recruit, Steve Spurrier, who became the starting quarterback in 1964, and who won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. Stephenson remained a backup.

    Stephenson graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1967.

    Professional football coaching career[edit | edit source]

    After serving as a quarterbacks coach the previous season, Stephenson succeeded Chuck Knox as Buffalo Bills head coach on February 3, 1983.[2][3] Stephenson was reportedly surprised to get the job, claiming that Bills owner Ralph Wilson "never explained his reasons for selecting me."[2] Under Stephenson, the Bills went 8-8 in 1983,[4] 2-14 in 1984,[5] and after they lost their first four games in 1985, Stephenson was replaced by Hank Bullough.[4] Perhaps the most lasting impression that Stephenson left on the Bills was changing their helmet color from white to red prior to the 1984 season, insisting that the change would aid Buffalo quarterbacks in finding receivers downfield. At the time, three of the Bills' four division rivals, the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and Miami Dolphins, wore white helmets. The gambit didn't work as interceptions actually increased the subsequent season.[6]

    Stephenson also coached in the World League where he led the Sacramento Surge to the 1992 World Bowl championship, and in the Canadian Football League he coached the San Antonio Texans and the Edmonton Eskimos.

    Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

    NFL[edit | edit source]

    Team Year Regular Season Postseason
    Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
    BUF 1983 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC East
    BUF 1984 2 14 0 .125 5th in AFC East
    BUF 1985 0 4 0 .000 5th in AFC East
    BUF Total 10 26 0 .278
    NFL Total 10 26 0 .278

    WLAF[edit | edit source]

    Team Year Regular Season Postseason
    Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
    SAC 1991 3 7 0 .300 3rd in NA West
    SAC 1992 8 2 0 .800 1st in NA West 2 0 1.000 World Bowl II champions
    SAC Total 11 9 0 .579 2 0 1.000
    WLAF Total 11 9 0 .579 2 0 1.000

    CFL[edit | edit source]

    Team Year Regular Season Postseason
    Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
    SAC 1993 6 12 0 .333 5th in CFL West
    SAC 1994 9 8 1 .528 5th in CFL West
    SAC Total 15 20 1 .431
    SAT 1995 12 6 0 .667 2nd in CFL South 1 1 .500 Lost to Baltimore Stallions in Division Finals
    SAT Total 12 6 0 .667 1 1 .500
    EDM 1998 9 9 0 .500 2nd in CFL West 1 1 .500 Lost to Calgary Stampeders in Division Finals
    EDM Total 9 9 0 .500 1 1 .500
    CFL Total 36 35 1 .507 2 2 .500

    See also[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
    2. 2.0 2.1 At a Glance: 1983, Relentless: The Hard-Hitting History of Buffalo Bills Football, Sal Maiorana, 1994
    3. The Month of February In Bills History Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.
    4. 4.0 4.1 1983 Buffalo Bills, History of Pro Football in Western New York
    5. 1984 Buffalo Bills, History of Pro Football in Western New York
    6. Fun and Fashion on the Gridiron, Paul Lukas, ESPN.com Page 2
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