Former Steelers Defensive Coordinator George Perles Dies

The Michigan native helped the Steelers capture 4 Super Bowl titles

Andrew Limberg
January 08, 2020 - 4:09 pm
George Perles

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Former Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach George Perles died Tuesday in East Lansing, Michigan due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Perles, who also coached the Michigan State Spartans football team was 85.

After serving as Michigan State’s defensive line coach, he was recruited by Chuck Noll in 1972 to become the Steelers defensive line coach.

During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Perles rose to the ranks becoming the team’s defensive coordinator and then assistant head coach, helping the Steelers capture the organization’s first four Super Bowl championships.

“During his tenure, the Steelers enjoyed a national reputation as a defensive powerhouse relying on Perles’ “Stunt 4-3” defense. During Perles’ tenure, the Steelers garnered six consecutive AFC Central division championships,” his obituary said.

In 2982 Perles became MSU’s head coach, a dream job for him, coaching there until 1994 and winning two Big Ten titles while with the Spartans.

Perles was also MSU’s athletic director for two years in the 1990s while still coaching the football team but resigned in 1992.

In addition to his wife, Sally, Perles leaves behind four children, Kathy of Washington, PA., Terry (Tracey) of Pittsburgh, John (Amy) of Grand Rapids and Pat (Karen) of Kansas City and six grandchildren.

Details of Perles’ funeral service are pending.

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