Ted Marchibroda, former head coach of the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore Ravens, passed away at age 84 on Saturday. Colleagues from around the league took to Twitter to mourn Marchibroda’s passing:
R.I.P. & Let 'Er Rip. Ted Marchibroda, a Life-Changer, a Winner & a Champion all the way. Forever Proud to be ur QB. pic.twitter.com/usV6F27OXk
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 16, 2016
"We are extremely saddened and mourn the loss of Ted Marchibroda."
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 16, 2016
Coach Marchibroda, among other accomplishments, was the first person to hire current New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick into the NFL. Belichick worked for Marchibroda with the Baltimore Colts for $25 a week:
Ted Marchibroda told me the story last year why he hired Belichick for $25 per week in 1975 pic.twitter.com/vdhO4Y4Lfl
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 16, 2016
Other notable coaches who worked under Marchibroda include Marvin Lewis, Eric Mangini, Jim Schwartz, Joe Vitt, and Ken Whisenhunt.
Marchibroda was also the first coach for the then-expansion team Baltimore Ravens, coaching from the team’s debut in 1996 through 1998, working as the first coach for Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden. Marchibroda is one of just three coaches in Ravens history, preceding Brian Billick and John Harbaugh.
During his time in the NFL, Marchibroda experienced more success when he was an offensive coordinator than during his tenures as a head coach. He had a career record of 87-98-1, but helped take the Buffalo Bills to consecutive Super Bowls as their offensive coordinator:
The entire Bills organization mourns the passing of Ted Marchibroda, a beloved coach and man. pic.twitter.com/S2AHjzhdgK
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) January 16, 2016