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Frankie Albert

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
4 23-24-1 48.96% 0-1 0.00%

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Frankie Albert

Playing Career


Albert played his college football at Stanford University. His sophomore year he played tailback as Stanford won only one game in 1939. For his junior year, new coach Clark Shaughnessy moved him to play quarterback in the T-Formation. As quarterback, Albert became a 2-time all-American (’40-’41) and lead Stanford to a Rose Bowl victory after the 1940 season. He also finished 3rd in the Heisman Trophy after the ’40 season. During his time at Stanford, Albert perfected and popularized the bootleg pass.


Out of college, he was drafted #1 overall by the Chicago Bears. However, Albert did not play football after college, instead serving in the Navy. After taking several years off to fight in World War II, Albert returned to football as the first quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. He played seven seasons with the 49ers. During this time, he shared the 1948 MVP award with Otto Graham, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and play in the inaugural Pro Bowl in1950. After his final year with the 49ers, Albert played one final year in the CFL as the quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders.

Coaching Career

After his retirement from the CFL, Albert was hired by the 49ers as a scout and assistant coach in 1955. The 49ers struggled to a 4-8 record and head coach Norman "Red" Strader was fired. Albert replaced Strader for the 1956 season. In Albert’s three year stint as head coach, the team finished 3rd, 2nd, and 4th in the NFL Western Division with only one playoff appearance (1957). Albert resigned after the 1958 season.

Last modified: 6/20/2015


Year Position Record Playoff record
1958 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 6-6-0 0-0
1957 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 8-4-0 0-1
1956 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 5-6-1 0-0
1955 San Francisco 49ers Assistant Coach / Backfield Tutor 4-8-0 0-0

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