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Former Pro Bowl lineman Austin remembered

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Former New York Giants Pro Bowl lineman and one-time head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins, Bill Austin, died May 22 at his Las Vegas home. The Giants announced his death.

Austin, 84, who earned Pro Bowl honors in 1954, played on the 1956 NFL champion Giants' team, helping to pave the way for running back Frank Gifford.

He went on to coach the offensive line for the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi, the New York Times reported. During his six seasons with Green Bay, the Packers won two NFL championships.

He later was head coach of the Steelers for three season, compiling an 11-28-3 record from 1966-1968. He was replaced by Chuck Noll.

When Lombardi took over the Washington Redskins in 1969, he once again hired Austin as his offensive line coach. Austin took over as head coach in the summer of 1970 while Lombardi battled cancer. Lombardi would die in September of that year and Austin's Redskins would go 6-8.

George Allen would take over for Austin the following season.
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