Bill Arnsparger Retiring

A 26 year career with the NFL is coming to an end; San Diego Chargers Associate Head Coach-Defense Bill Arnsparger has officially retired.

"He's one of the greatest defensive coaches of all-time," Chargers President Dean Spanos said. "I'm sure we wouldn't have gone to the Super Bowl without him."

He was the team's defensive coordinator back in 1994 and helped lead the Chargers to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1995.

"Bill Arnsparger will be missed greatly," said Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer. "Bill gave me my first opportunity to coach in the National Football League and I am very thankful for the opportunities that I've had to work with him. I know he's looking forward to spending time with his family and I wish him all the best."

Arnsparger, 76, began his NFL career as a defensive assistant with the Baltimore Colts in 1964. In 1970 he joined the Miami Dolphins, becoming their defensive coordinator and we all remember the only undefeated team in NFL history, the Dolphin team that went 17-0 in 1972. Arnsparger's defenses ranked either first or second in the NFL for fewest points allowed in nine out of his 11 full seasons with Miami.

Arnsparger also spent 17 year in the collegiate ranks from LSU head coach to the Director of Athletics at Florida.

Arnsparger began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Miami of Ohio, in 1950. He then served as an assistant at Ohio State (1951-53), Kentucky (1954-61) and Tulane (1962-63) before joining the Colts in the NFL.

Dale Lindsey now forges on alone. Earlier this year Joe Pascale, working on special projects for the team, was told he would not be retained. The feeling in San Diego is perhaps there were too many cooks in the kitchen. Now Lindsey gets to put his fingerprints on the team and direct them with his defenses.

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