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Guy who invented the "shotgun" formation dies

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I thought this was kind of interesting.

Howard "Red" Hickey, the NFL coach who invented the shotgun offensive formation with the 49ers, died Thursday, his son said. He was 89.


He made history in 1960 when he combined elements of a punt formation, a spread passing attack and a double-wing formation invented by Stanford's Pop Warner into the shotgun -- so named by Hickey because it sprayed receivers around the field.


San Francisco dropped the formation before the next season, but it was revived by coach Tom Landry and the Cowboys several years later, and the shotgun eventually spread throughout football.

Turns out the guy was a Dallas Cowboys scout and assitant for over two decades. No wonder we were so good at the shotgun in the Staubach era. Read the full article here.