In 16 years as Pennsylvania’s head football coach, George Munger coached 14 All-American players, five Hall of Fame enshrines, and teams that won 84 games.  During that period, Franklin Field was sold out and Penn led the nation in attendance.  His teams won or tied for the unofficial Ivy title in nine of those seasons, losing just six of their 62 Ivy games.  They also beat Army four times and Navy nine times.


But he was more than a football coach to the “Munger Men” who played for him.  He was an educator, a leader, a man his players looked up to.  According to many observes, the key to Munger’s success was simple; he loved his players, and they reciprocated.  There was little his players would not do for him, on or off the field.  He was forever loyal to his school, remaining as an administrator at Pennsylvania after he left the coaching profession.


Munger was an outstanding athlete as an undergraduate, winner of three football letters from 1930 to 1932, and was champion of the decathlon in the 1932 Penn Relays.  As a coach and player his teams had only one losing season, and regularly played before crowds of more than 60,000 in Franklin Field.


At the time of Munger’s death in 1994, Chuck Bednarik, one of his greatest players, paid this tribute: “He was a man who seldom raised his voice.  He was just a different breed of man.  Success seemed to come natural to him.”