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Wayne Fontes
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Football Coach
    (February 2, 1940- )
    Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
    Defensive back for the New York Titans (1962)
    Assistant coach for Michigan State, University of Iowa, USC and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Head coach of the Detroit Lions (1989-96)
    Associated Press Coach of the Year (1991)
    His pro playing career lasted only one season before he injured his Achilles tendon.
    He pled guilty to driving while intoxicated (1987)
    His teams were often seen as underachieving.
    He set the record for most losses by a Lions coach, 71.
    After being let go by the Lions, he called William Clay Ford 'the best owner in the National Football League,' then turned around and sued him.
    He set the record for most wins by a Lions coach, 67.
    He was well liked by his players, who had a knack of coming through with a winning streak when he was on the verge of being fired.
    He good naturedly joked with the media about his often precarious job situation.
    Barry Sanders credited Fontes with making him into a star and singled out Fontes for thanks during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech.

Credit: C. Fishel


    For 2020, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 10 Votes: 70.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 14 Votes: 78.57% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 22 Votes: 68.18% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 25 Votes: 56.00% Annoying
 
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