There are a number of great NFL players who have never decided to coach. There are also a great number of NFL coaches who never played a down in the NFL. But there are only so many NFL players who actually went on to become a NFL head coach.
You would think that somebody who has actually played the game at the highest level would be able to share his experiences and wisdom to his younger players and command their respect along the way. NFL players probably all have the thought at one point in time, as their careers start to wind down, what it would be like to become a head coach.
But they probably know first-hand how hard the job is, what kind of pressure comes from the job and how many hours the head coaches have to put in each week to win.
We also acknowledge that it is quite possible that somebody could have a short cup of coffee on either side of this equation. Really couldn't cut it as an NFL player, but excelled at coaching. Or, they were a great player for many years, but for whatever reason, were not that great at coaching.
Please note that we are focusing on the last 50 years of the NFL, as that time period provides us with enough candidates to come up with a solid list. We did not rank them, but are proud to include them in our list.
It is one thing to become a NFL head coach, and it is another to actually keep an NFL head coaching job. Today, we look at the top 26 NFL players who went on to become NFL head coaches.
There are more than just 26 who have gone this route, so if your favorite isn't included in this presentation, feel free to include him in the comments section below.