Snowballed – 1966


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On the last game of a 4-9-1 season, head coach Harry Gilmer was pummelled by snowballs thrown from irate Detroit fans from the stands at Tiger Stadium. The fans then began chanting “bye bye Harry” as the snowball throwing continued. The Lions would go on to lose the game, 28 – 16 before the homecrowd. After the season, William Clay Ford fired his coach and hired ex Lion linebacker Joe Schmidt as new head coach.

Harry Gilmer had a history of conflicts with the Lions players but can you think of any coach anywhere meeting a more humiliating end than being snowballed by the fans?  Also remember this guy was no slouch, he is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Hall of Fame.