Not that many NFL players can say that they ran the ball with an NFL team and eventually ran them as a coach, but Alex Webster can. One of the Giants’ main stars of the 1950s, Webster came to New York from Canada after spending two years with the Montreal Alouettes in 1955, and in his first season led the Giants in rushing yards with 634.
In the 1956 NFL Championship Game against the Chicago Bears, Webster helped out in the scoring with two touchdowns and 103 all-purpose yards in New York’s 47-7 rout over Chicago. As a Giant, Webster totaled 4,638 rushing yards, caught 240 passes for 2,679 yards, and scored 56 touchdowns (39 rushing and 17 receiving). With 336 points, Webster is currently ranked tenth on the Giants’ all-time career scoring list.
During a dismal time for the Giants in the late 1960s, a reluctant Webster accepted an offer from Wellington Mara to succeed longtime Giants coach Allie Sherman and become the head coach of the New York Giants in 1969. Despite his reluctance, Webster’s arrival was a welcomed one and the team responded with winning records in 1970 and ’72, the only winning records the team would post until 1981.
For his work, Webster was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1970. Webster stepped down after the 1973 season. For both his efforts, Webster was named to the Giants “Ring of Honor” in 2011, just a year before his death at the age of 80.