ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — Former NFL coach Lindy Infante has died in Florida at age 75.
Infante’s wife Stephanie told The Associated Press that he died Thursday, October 8th in St. Augustine after a lengthy illness.
Infante coached the Green Bay Packers from 1988 to 1991, winning Coach of the Year honors in 1989 after leading the Packers to a 10-6 record.
He was hired by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996, leading the team to the playoffs in his first season. He was fired after the 1997 when the Colts fell to 3-13. His overall NFL record was 36-60.
He also coached the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL in 1984 and 1985.
Infante played college football at Florida from 1960 to 1962.
“The Packers family was saddened today to learn of the passing of Lindy Infante,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Lindy’s 1989 team rekindled the enthusiasm of Packers fans with its exciting victories, and he and his wife, Stephanie, were very active in the community during their time in Green Bay. The organization’s sincere condolences go out to the entire Infante family.”
Former Packers President/CEO Bob Harlan fondly recalled the 1989 season, led by quarterback Don Majkowski.
“For a franchise that had been struggling for so long to find a winning way, the emergence of that team under Lindy as new coach and Majkowski as its quarterback gave us great promise for the future,” Harlan said. “It brought back a great deal of excitement in the community we hadn’t felt for a long time.”
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