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Gustafson had a decorated career as a collegiate athlete for Northern Michigan University. In addition to a decorated football career, awarded the team MVP in 1949, he was the first 12 letter-winner in school history and began the university swimming program.
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High School Coaching
Upon his graduation from NMU in 1950, Gustafson coached for six years at three area high schools: Cedarville (1950-1951), Escanaba (1952-1953), and Battle Creek (1954-1955). After his high school coaching years, he would return to his alma mater.
Northern Michigan University
In 1956, Gustafson returned to NMU as the End Coach under head coach Lloyd Eaton. The season was very successful, as the team finished 7-0-1. Even though Eaton would leave after one season, NMU would continue to have successful seasons. Gustafson would coach at NMU for seven seasons, and during this time the Wildcats would win more than 72% of their games, which was the greatest 7-year stretch of time so far in program history (and wouldn't be beaten until 1981). After the 1962 season, Gustafson would join Eaton at the University of Wyoming.
University of Wyoming
In 1963, Gustafson would move west to join Eaton at Wyoming as the Defensive Backfield coach. During his time as an assistance coach, the Cowboys won three Western Athletic Conference (WAC) titles, going 27-5 during a three year stretch of time where they competed in two bowl games and finished the 1967 season ranked #6 in the nation. After the 1970 season where the team struggled to a 1-9 record, Eaton was fired and Gustafson moved to professional football.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers would represent his only team he would work for at the professional level. For the 1971 season, Gustafson broke into the NFL as Linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers under new coach Dan Devine. However, his tenure with Devine was not as successful as the team hoped. From 1971 until 1974, the Packers would only make one playoff appearance where they lost their only game. The 1972 season was the only season in which the Packers even posted a winning record, and Devine and Gustafson did not return for the 1975 season.
Gustafson's tenure with the Packers was not over yet though. In 1977, he returned as the Special Teams Coach for two seasons under head coach (and former Packers QB) Bart Starr. Unfortunately, his second coaching tenure with the team was not as successful as the first. The team would not make the playoffs either season. After the 1978 season, Gustafson would leave the sideline and join the team in a front office role as a Personnel Director. Gustafson helped manage administrative duties for the team, figured out logistics for team travel, scouted the upcoming opponent, and assisted the team during free-agent tryouts. After six seasons in the front office, Gustafson would leave the Packers.
|1978 Green Bay Packers||Special Teams Coach||8-7-1||0-0|
|1977 Green Bay Packers||Special Teams Coach||4-10-0||0-0|
|1974 Green Bay Packers||Linebackers Coach||6-8-0||0-0|
|1973 Green Bay Packers||Linebackers Coach||5-7-2||0-0|
|1972 Green Bay Packers||Linebackers Coach||10-4-0||0-1|
|1971 Green Bay Packers||Linebackers Coach||4-8-2||0-0|
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