American Football Database
Leon McLaughlin
File:Leon McLaughlin - 1954 Bowman.jpg
McLaughlin on a 1954 Bowman football card
No. 50
Personal information
Born:(1925-05-30)May 30, 1925
San Diego, California
Died:October 27, 2014(2014-10-27) (aged 89)
Career information
High school:Santa Monica
(Santa Monica, California)
NFL Draft:1947 / Round: 21 / Pick: 193
Career history
As player:
* Los Angeles Rams (1951–55)
As coach:
* Washington State (1956) (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
* 1x Pro Bowl (1954)

Leon Clifford McLaughlin (May 30, 1925 – October 27, 2014) was an American football player and coach.[1] He played professionally as a center for five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams of National Football League (NFL). After his playing career he served as assistant coach for several NFL teams: Pittsburgh Steelers (1966–68), Los Angeles Rams (1971–72), Detroit Lions (1973–74), Green Bay Packers (1975–76), New England Patriots (1977), and St. Louis / Phoenix Cardinals (1978–89). McLaughlin was the head football coach at San Fernando Valley State College—now known as California State University, Northridge—from 1969 to 1970.[2][3][4][5][6]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Valley State Matadors (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1969–1970)}
1969 Valley State 4–5 1–1 2nd
1970 Valley State 4–6 1–2 3rd
Plymouth State: 8–11 2–3
Total: 8–11
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  2. Glick, Shav (August 20, 1991). "On Prayer and a Pass, a Title Came to Town : History: Forty years ago, the Rams won Los Angeles' first NFL championship.". Los Angeles Times.
  3. "Leon McLaughlin to Receive Bruin Football Trophy". Los Angeles Times. December 14, 1949.
  4. Ripton, Ray. "A Players' Coach : Santa Monica's Tebb Kusserow Believes Football Is a Chance for Young Men to Know Themselves". Los Angeles Times.
  5. Lillard, Patrick (September 29, 2015). "Carted Off the Field of Play: Scrutinizing The Treatment of Football Injuries".
  6. Donaldson, Charles (February 3, 1969). "New VSC Grid Coach Expects No Race Woes: Leon McLaughlin, Ex-Ram, Says Subject Discussed in Talks With Athletic Chief". Los Angeles Times.

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