Green Bay Packers offensive line coach Bill Austin, left, and coach Vince Lombardi at picture day on the team's practice field in 1961. Press-Gazette Media archives
Bill Austin, who was Vince Lombardi's highly regarded offensive line coach with the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1964, died May 22 at his home in Las Vegas. He was 84.
Austin was a Pro Bowl guard under Lombardi with the New York Giants and was a member of their 1956 NFL championship team. The Giants' 13th-round draft choice in 1949 out of Oregon State, he played for New York from 1949 to 1950 and from 1953 to 1957.
In 1958, he started his coaching career at Wichita State. The following year, he joined Lombardi's first staff in Green Bay. He is credited with helping to develop the Packers' famous power ...